Managing back pain
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Back pain strikes 80% of Americans at some point in their lives. It’s one of the most common reasons people see doctors and is a leading cause of disability. How to make the pain go away depends on its nature. Acute back pain — the kind that comes on suddenly and often leaves quickly — might not need much more than a few weeks of over-the-counter pain relievers. If back pain lingers for three months or more, it’s considered chronic and may require targeted treatments — from hot or cold packs and behavior changes to exercises, prescription drugs, alternative therapies and, in a few cases, surgery.
Here are three common treatments, and a peek at potential future options:
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