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Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the U.S. In fact, nine out of 10 Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives.

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Exercises for a happy back

Don't let back pain slow you down. Learn how to stretch and strengthen your back properly to keep you moving.

May 21, 2019

When should I see a doctor about back pain?

About 80% of adults experience back pain at some time in their lives. For most people, it will go away on its own in four to six weeks with self-care. So, how do you know when to see your doctor about your back pain? Here's a few causes or symptoms that indicate it's time to schedule that appointment.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer May 8, 2019

Doctor becomes patient: What he learned

Andrew Calvin, M.D., spends plenty of time in a doctor’s office — his own. But he says his eyes were opened when the tables were turned recently, and he became the patient.

July 6, 2018

6 tips for managing back pain

If you experience back pain, you should know there are tips and tricks for easing the pain rather than making it worse. Don’t let back pain slow you down.

May 23, 2018

Calming your pain: Is it possible?

When you hurt your back it’s common to assume the pain is stemming from your back, but did you know the pain could be caused by any part of your body that is compressed, stretched, or has reduced blood flow? Learn how you can calm pain.

Carol Gardner PT By Carol Gardner April 2, 2018

After back surgery, marathoner helps friend cross the finish line

Anyone who’s ever run competitively knows how rewarding it is to cross the finish line. Jacob Nash knows that thrilling feeling well. However, unlike other competitors, the 41-year-old marathoner crossed his last finish line within six months of having back surgery.

November 10, 2017

4 steps for back pain relief

Back pain is a common ailment for many adults. According to the National Institutes of Health, 8 out of 10 adults experience pain in their back at some point in their lives.

July 19, 2017

Back pain care and prevention

It’s estimated about 80 percent of people will suffer from low back pain in their lifetime. Knowing what to do when the time comes is important.

Jordan Moen By Jordan Moen June 6, 2017

Are backpacks hurting your kids' backs?

The backpack is as much as a part of school life as homework. Kids use backpacks to carry everything they need. Unfortunately, the weight of everything they need stuffed into an improperly worn backpack may lead to sore joints and muscles.

Michelle Rein MD By Michelle Rein September 22, 2016

Small town, big results: Spine surgery brings relief to Austin accountant and mother

Patricia Kroymann was unloading her dishwasher on a normal Saturday when she suddenly felt excruciating pain in her back and legs.  “I knew right away something wasn’t right. I thought maybe it was a muscle spasm,” says Kroymann. “I thought with Tylenol and rest it would get better.”

August 1, 2016

Better posture: 3 tips for standing up straight

Have you been trying for years to improve your posture, finding that every time you try to make a permanent change, you default back to old slouching habits? Make it a point to improve your posture so you can begin to reap the health benefits.

March 17, 2015

Managing persistent pain

Everyone feels pain sometimes, but persistent pain can be frustrating and exhausting. It can interfere with your work, your sleep, your emotional health and your relationships. Not to mention, as the name implies, persistent pain is painful. But there are ways to manage the pain and take control of your life.

January 22, 2015