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Back Pain: 10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  1. What is the most likely cause of my back pain?

  2. What do body mechanics, core strengthening, and proper posture mean? Why are these concepts important in managing back pain?

  3. What medications treat back pain? How long after I start taking a medication will we know whether it works for me or not?

  4. What can I do if medications don’t work for me or the side effects bother me? What are some of the medication side effects that go away in time?

  5. Will injections help relieve my back pain and help me function better?

  6. What other treatments besides medications help relieve back pain? What lifestyle changes can I make to help lessen my back pain?

  7. What can I do to prevent further back pain, at home and at work? Should I have an ergonomic specialist review my environment?

  8. Will I need surgery? What is the long term outcome for the type of surgery being proposed? Is it a permanent fix for my back pain condition?

  9. Will treatment enable me to return to my normal daily activities?

  10. What should I do if my pain still isn’t relieved after treatment?

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Many women experience back pain during pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, possible causes of back pain include increases in hormones that loosen the joints for childbirth; a change in center of gravity because of your developing baby; weight gained during pregnancy; poor posture made worse by pregnancy; and stress.