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What should you know about back pain?

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Most people have had back pain at some point in their lives. The causes of back pain are numerous; some are self-inflicted because of a lifetime of bad habits. Other back pain causes include accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries. Although the causes may be different, most often they share the same symptoms.

SOURCES: Oh, W. January/February 2004.  The Clinical Journal of Pain,

Friedman, F. Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

SOURCES: Oh, W. January/February 2004.  The Clinical Journal of Pain,

Friedman, F. Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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