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[VIDEO] Excruciating back pain gone immediately

Watch this KPTV report about a patient who was in the worst pain in his life. His minimally invasive spine surgery cured him "100 percent" and he was out on the town that evening.

Ask an Expert: Do I need back surgery?

Q: “My back problem seems to be getting progressively worse. I’ve been taking medication for the pain, but at what point should I consider surgery?”

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Back pain: Questions to ask your doctor

If you are experiencing back pain and are not sure what to do about it, talk to your doctor. We have included the top 10 questions to ask your doctor about your pain.

Exercises for a Healthy Spine

Incorporating some simple exercises into your daily routine can help you maintain a healthy spine and avoid back and neck pain.

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How real is failed back surgery syndrome?

Further testing often reveals that persistent pain has a treatable cause. – By J. Rafe Sales, M.D., orthopedic spine surgeon

Disk problems causing back pain? Think again

Facet joints may be the Rodney Dangerfield of the spine, but when it comes to causing back problems they deserve more respect. – By Jeffrey P. Johnson, M.D., neurosurgeon

Breaking the back pain cycle

Of all the reasons why people go to the doctor, back pain is second only to the common cold. Genetics, stressful jobs and lifestyles, poor posture and body mechanics, weak muscles, and extra pounds set most of us up for back problems sooner or later.

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Low back pain: Exercises to reduce pain

Low back pain is very common among adults and is often caused by overuse and muscle strain or injury. Treatment can help you stay as active as possible. And it will help you understand that some continued or repeated back pain is not surprising or dangerous.

Healthfinder.gov: Pain

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services page on Pain, how to identify, treat and relevant resources.

Healthfinder.gov page on Back Pain

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthfinder.gov page describing back pain, best treatments and other resources.

Mayo Clinic Neck Pain Page

Mayo Clinic’s definition, symptoms and references for seeking treatment of neck pain.

Mayo Clinic Back Pain Page

Provides definition, symptoms and references for seeking treatment.

Medline Plus Page on Back Pain

Medline Plus landing page describing back pain, best treatments and other resources.

Medline Plus: Pain

The National Library of Medicine’s online tool Medline Plus provides definition and treatment resources for pain management.

Spine Health Trusted Information for Back and Neck Pain

Spine Health main page with information about back and neck pain.

Spine Health Conservative Care for Back Pain

Spine Health page with instructions on conservative ways to deal with back pain without surgery.

Check Your Symptoms: Back problems and injuries

Most people will have a minor back problem at one time or another. Our body movements usually do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury. Back problems and injuries often occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, or home projects.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

AAOS landing page with resources to all topics regarding musculoskeletal health.

American Chronic Pain Association

American Chronic Pain Association main page with search for conditions, treatments and medication and pain management tools.

Aetna InteliHealth: Chronic Pain

Aetna’s resource page for chronic pain including how to measure pain with scales and tools for managing with medication.

AAOS Spine and Neck

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Spine and Neck page

FamilyDoctor.org: Chronic pain medicines

FamilyDoctor.org page on Chronic pain, how to identify and treatment resources.

FamilyDoctor.org: Medicamentos para el dolor cronico (Chronic Pain Meds in Spanish)

FamilyDoctor.org page on Chronic pain, translated to Spanish.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

NIAMS landing page with search for conditions in the health index and related resources.