It is estimated that 80% of Americans will complain about back pain at some point in their life.  Back pain can be caused by a number of factors including: pinched nerves, herniated or degenerative discs, osteoarthritis, muscular problems, and fractures.  The initial treatment usually includes rest, ice/heat, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and possibly muscle relaxants and physical therapy.  Most patients get better with conservative treatments, and only a small percentage requires surgery.  Even with disc herniations about 90% of patients will get better without surgery. 

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