THE BASICS OF BACK PAIN
If you suffer from back pain, you're far from alone - about 8 in 10 people will experience back pain at some point. In fact, in the United States, back pain is the number one cause of disability in men over age 45, and it's the second most common reason people visit the doctor.
You can experience pain in the upper or lower back, the left or right side — it can even radiate from one spot to another area of the back or body. Back pain is either acute (lasting from a few days to a few weeks) or chronic (lasting for more than 3 months). Acute back pain is more common and can be caused by some type of accident, like a fall or sports injury.
8 in 10 people will experience back pain at some point.
WHAT'S BEHIND IT?
There are a number of different things that can cause back pain. Some of the most common causes are:
- Strained back muscles or ligaments
- Bulging or ruptured discs (cushions between the vertebrae, or spinal bones)
- Severe scoliosis
Each of these conditions are known to cause pain. See your doctor to get a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan just right for you.
Aleve is indicated for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
When it comes to back pain relief, there's good news — some back pain can be treated without surgery. However, what works for one person might not work or be right for another. So, it's important to get a diagnosis from your doctor and discuss your treatment options. In the meantime, here are a few things that can provide back pain relief: