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  1. Upper and Middle Back Pain - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor will first ask you about your past health,your symptoms,and your work and physical activities. Then he or she will do a physical exam. Your doctor may also order an imaging test to find out if something such as a broken bone or a herniated disc is causing your pain. The type of imaging test you have depends on what kind of problem your doctor suspects. You may have one or more ...

  2. Low Back Pain - Symptoms

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  3. Upper and Middle Back Pain - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Stress management: Breathing exercises for relaxation ...

  4. Low Back Pain - Health Tools

    Low Back Pain-Health Tools

  5. Low Back Pain - Medications

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  6. Upper and Middle Back Pain - Home Treatment

    There are several things you can do at home to help reduce your pain. For example: Rest. If your back hurts a lot,take a break. But try not to let too much time pass before you get moving again. Instead,return to your activities slowly,and avoid things that make your pain worse. Studies show that bed rest doesn't relieve back pain better than staying active. And bed rest of more than a ...

  7. Low Back Pain - Coping With Chronic Back Pain

    One Man's Story: "I started feeling sad and angry a lot. I didn’t want to do anything. My back was hurting more. I was having trouble focusing on my work. My life just started feeling smaller and smaller."- Ravi Read more about how Ravi learned he had depression and how he fought back. Low back pain can take a toll on your mental health. You may feel fear,frustration,and anger or have ...

  8. Low Back Pain - Exams and Tests

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  9. Pain Management: Doctors Who Treat Pain

    An overview of doctors who specialize in pain management.

  10. Spinal Curves in Scoliosis - Topic Overview

    Doctors use X-ray images of a person's spine to measure spinal curvature. A curve or angle of the spine is measured in degrees and describes how severe the curve is. (The angle is determined by the intersection of lines projected from the top and bottom of the curve.) If the spine is straight, there is no angle; this would be a 0-degree curve. If the spine is curved, the angle can be measured. The larger the curve, the larger the angle or degree measurement. For example, a 10-degree curve is considered a mild curve, and a 50-degree curve is considered a severe curve.Many people have some curve in their spine. In fact, spinal curves that are less than 10 degrees are considered a normal variation of the spine. Curves that are greater than 10 degrees may be monitored (to see whether the curve is getting worse) or may need treatment.In addition to the severity of the curve, curves are described by their direction and location.Direction is based on which way the curve bends away from the

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