Back Pain

Letter from the Editor: Transparency and trust

A couple of months ago, while I was getting ready for work one morning, I experienced a sudden, sharp pain in my lower back. It was excruciating, and I could barely move. It’s essential for all of us to have access to online health information we can trust. In the days to follow, I discovered […]

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What can cause morning back pain?

Waking up with lower back pain can often indicate a problem with a person’s sleeping posture, mattress, or pillows. However, morning back pain can sometimes be a symptom of a medical condition. Waking up with lower back pain can make for a slow start to a person’s day. Determining the cause of the pain can […]

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What to know about psoriatic spondylitis

Psoriatic spondylitis is the medical term for a type of psoriatic arthritis that affects the spine and the joints in the pelvis. The symptoms may develop anywhere between the pelvis and the neck. People with psoriatic spondylitis may experience pain, inflammation, and stiffness in their neck and lower back. It can also affect the sacroiliac […]

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What to know about lower right back pain

Mechanical problems with the spine, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are the most common causes of lower right back pain. Other causes may include infections, kidney stones, or appendicitis. The treatment for these issues varies depending on the cause, but it may involve physical therapy or surgery. The lower back carries a significant amount of weight […]

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What are synovial cysts?

Synovial cysts are small, fluid-filled lumps that tend to form on the lower spine. These cysts are not cancerous and often do not cause any symptoms. However, they can sometimes lead to problems such as sciatica. Treatment options for synovial cysts include taking pain medication and seeking physical therapy. If a cyst is causing severe […]

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What can cause back pain while breathing?

If back pain occurs when a person breathes, it can signal an underlying medical condition. In some cases the pain is sharp, and possible causes range from inflammation or infection of the chest to spinal curvature and lung cancer. Back pain while breathing can also indicate a medical emergency, such as a heart attack or […]