• Can stomach problems cause lower back pain?
    The back is a sensitive part of the body, which has many nerves and organs nearby. This means that issues such as digestive conditions can occur at the same time as back pain. Back pain and bloating are common symptoms of injury, pregnancy, or gastrointestinal problems. Treatment depends on the cause. Learn more here.
  • Can inversion therapy help with back pain?
    Inversion therapy, where a person is held upside down for several minutes, is an alternative therapy for back pain. They may use gravity boots or an inversion table or chair to reduce the pressure on their spine. Evidence for the effectiveness of this technique is mixed. Learn more about the benefits and risks here.
  • What to know about trochanteric bursitis
    Trochanteric bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa in the hip. The main symptom of trochanteric bursitis is pain outside the hip at the tip of their thighbone. It can be very painful, especially at night, and can interfere with daily life. This condition can be treated at home, and in severe cases, with surgery.
  • How do you stretch the latissimus dorsi?
    The latissimus dorsi is a large muscle that stretches from the middle to lower back. While overuse can lead to pain, some movement may provide relief. We describe exercises that stretch and alleviate pain in this muscle, also known as the lats. Here, learn to identify, relieve, and prevent pain in the latissimus dorsi.
  • How to treat a crick in the neck
    A crick in the neck is a widespread but uncomfortable experience. Most of the time, it is caused by muscle stiffness or injuries caused by poor posture or sleeping in an uncomfortable position. Other times, a crick or stiffness in the neck can indicate an underlying health problem, such as osteoarthritis. Learn more.
  • Why do I get a pain in my back after eating?
    A range of issues can cause back pain after eating, including poor posture, ulcers, and even a heart attack. Learn about symptoms and prevention here.
  • Middle back pain: Causes and relief
    Learn about 13 causes of middle back pain and discover techniques to find relief. Common causes include poor posture, arthritis, and herniated disks.
  • How do you relieve neck spasms?
    A neck spasm is a common complaint that has a range of potential causes and treatments. Included is detail on stretches and massage.
  • What can cause hip pain at night?
    Learn about several causes of hip pain at night. We also take a look at the steps that can be taken to reduce, treat, and prevent this pain.
  • Now too much standing is bad for us, says study
    Studies have long been telling us that too much sitting is bad for our health. Now, a new study claims that prolonged standing may cause us harm, too.
  • Could sciatica be causing the pain in your buttocks?
    A look at pain in the buttocks, a common complaint with many causes but often the result of sciatica. Included is detail on diagnosis and seeing a doctor.
  • How should you sleep if you have lower back pain?
    Lower back pain can prevent a person from sleeping well, which, in itself, can make back pain worse. Learn about how to sleep to reduce back pain.
  • I tried cupping, and this is how it felt
    Recently, cupping has become popular with sportspeople and celebrities. I gave it a try and, in this feature, I explain how it felt and if it works.
  • Quadratus lumborum pain: Treatment and stretches
    Quadratus lumborum pain is located deep in the lower back on both sides of the spine. Learn about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
  • What is bursitis of the shoulder?
    Learn all about bursitis of the shoulder, a painful condition affecting the shoulder joint. We look at symptoms, causes, and ways of relieving the pain.
  • What is dextroscoliosis?
    Dextroscoliosis refers to an abnormal, right-leaning curvature of the spine. It is a type of scoliosis. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment.
  • What to know about breast cancer and back pain
    A look at breast cancer and back pain, a symptom in later stages of the disease. Included is detail on the link and self-care options people can try.
  • Gua sha: What you need to know
    Gua sha is a technique used in traditional East Asian medicine that is often used to treat muscle pain and tension. We look at the benefits and risks.
  • What is facet arthropathy?
    Facet arthropathy occurs when the facet joints degenerate, or become worn down. This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Learn more.
  • What is prolotherapy and what is it used to treat?
    Learn all about prolotherapy, an alternative form of treatment for joint and back pain. We take a look at how it works, what to expect, and its efficacy.
  • Chronic back pain: A 10-minute treatment leaves patients pain-free
    Researchers reveal how a 10-minute, CT-guided pulsed radiofrequency technique alleviated chronic back pain for more than 80 percent of study subjects.
  • What is cervicalgia and how is it treated?
    Learn all about cervicalgia, a pain in the neck. It involves a sharp pain in the neck area when certain movements are made. Poor posture, traumatic injury, and stress are some of the common causes. Symptoms include stiffness and difficulty moving the neck. Find out more about neck pain and how to treat and prevent it.
  • What is sacroiliitis?
    Sacroiliitis is a condition where one or both of the sacroiliac joints become inflamed. The sacroiliac joints are where the back meets the pelvis. Causes include arthritis, trauma, and pregnancy. It is often misdiagnosed as lower back pain. Learn more about this condition and its diagnosis and treatment.
  • Nociceptive and neuropathic pain: What are they?
    Nociceptive pain results from physical trauma, such as a sports injury, arthritis, dental procedure, or stubbing a toe. It is different from neuropathic pain, which involves damage to the nervous system. Nociceptive pain most often affects the musculoskeletal system. Treatment includes medication, such as codeine.