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How are degenerated disks associated with back pain?

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When these are healthy, they cushion your back as you bend, flex, and twist. As disks begin to wear out, they no longer absorb the shock of these movements well.

From: Why Does My Lower Back Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Health Service (U.K.): “Back Pain Guide.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Diseases and Conditions -- Low Back Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Chronic Back Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Back Pain.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Backpack Safety.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 13, 2016

SOURCES:

National Health Service (U.K.): “Back Pain Guide.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Diseases and Conditions -- Low Back Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Chronic Back Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Back Pain.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Backpack Safety.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 13, 2016

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