Back Pain Health Topics

Featured Tests and Procedures
Back surgery is typically only used when other treatments have failed. As this eMedTV resource explains, it may also be considered if back pain is caused by a tumor, an infection, or a nerve root problem. The different surgeries are also described.
Featured Conditions and Diseases
Although most people will not need to see a doctor for back pain, certain symptoms call for a consultation. This eMedTV discusses the types and symptoms of back problems that cause pain and explains what to do if they occur.
Lower back pain occurs most often in people between the ages of 30 and 50. This eMedTV article examines this common ailment in detail, which can be due to the aging process, but can also be a result of sedentary lifestyles with too little exercise.
This eMedTV page includes information about the spine and how it relates to lumbar spinal stenosis. The condition is generally the result of pressure on the lower part of the spinal cord or on nerve roots. Links to more information are also provided.
Piriformis syndrome occurs when the muscle with the same name compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve. This eMedTV article describes the symptoms and treatment options for this condition, which is a rare neuromuscular disorder.
Sciatica is a condition that can cause numbness, pain, and some loss of motor control over the leg. This eMedTV article offers an overview of this condition, including what causes it, how it is treated, and more.
As this eMedTV article explains, a person with spinal stenosis may experience pain as a result of pressure on the spinal cord. This article takes an in-depth look at this condition, including what causes certain areas of the spine to narrow.
This page on the eMedTV Web site describes the symptoms, treatment options, and prognosis associated with Tarlov cysts. These fluid-filled sacs usually do not cause pain, weakness, or nerve root compression, although these symptoms can occur.
Whiplash is a neck injury that can result in symptoms such as neck pain, stiffness, and headache. This eMedTV selection offers an overview of whiplash, including information on its treatment, prognosis, and other symptoms.
Featured Medications
Acetaminophen with codeine is a drug that can be prescribed to relieve mild to moderate pain. This eMedTV article describes the various components of the medicine, lists side effects that may occur, and offers general dosing information for the drug.
Amrix is a long-acting muscle relaxant that is available by prescription only. This page from the eMedTV library explains how Amrix works, describes the effects of the drug, offers general dosing guidelines, and lists side effects that may occur.
Darvon-N is a medication prescribed to relieve pain. This eMedTV page offers an in-depth look at this drug, including information on how it works to treat mild-to-moderate pain, possible side effects, dosing tips, general safety precautions, and more.
Endocet is a pain-relieving medication that is only available by prescription. This page on the eMedTV Web site describes Endocet in more detail, covers how it works to relieve pain, and explains what you should be aware of before taking it.
Available by prescription only, the fentanyl patch is a strong narcotic pain medication. This eMedTV article explains how this medicated skin patch works to treat moderate-to-severe pain, outlines dosing guidelines, lists potential side effects, and more.
Flexeril is a drug that is often prescribed for the temporary treatment of muscle spasms. This eMedTV page gives an overview of Flexeril and describes how it works, explains what you should know before taking it, and lists possible side effects.
Hydrocodone is a prescription narcotic drug commonly used as a pain reliever and cough suppressant. This eMedTV article explains how the drug works, lists some of its possible side effects, and explores the abuse potential for this drug.
Kadian is a prescription medication that is used for the relief of moderate to severe pain. This eMedTV resource explains how Kadian works, describes its effects, offers dosing information for the drug, and lists side effects that may occur.
Ketorolac nasal spray is a drug used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. This eMedTV segment offers an in-depth look at this medication, providing information on its dosing, possible side effects, general safety precautions, and more.
A prescription medicine, methocarbamol is used to treat muscle spasms. This eMedTV Web article takes an in-depth look at this medication, with information on potential side effects, when and how to take it, warnings and safety precautions, and more.
Morphine sulfate is a type of opiate narcotic used in many prescription pain relievers. This eMedTV page features an overview of this drug, including information on how it works, possible side effects, and what to tell your doctor before taking it.
Orally disintegrating tramadol is a prescription pain medication. This eMedTV article offers a complete overview of this drug, with information on what type of pain it is approved to treat, how it works, possible side effects, and more.
Oxycodone is a type of narcotic found in many prescription pain medications. This eMedTV Web segment describes how the drug works, lists potential side effects that may occur, and explains what you should be aware of before using this medication.
Propoxyphene/acetaminophen is a prescription drug used for relieving mild to moderate pain. This eMedTV segment explains how the medication works, offers dosing information for the drug, and lists some of its potential side effects.
Roxicet is approved for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. This eMedTV page takes an in-depth look at this prescription drug, including information on how it works, tips on taking it, possible side effects, and general precautions.
Skelaxin is a drug approved to treat muscle spasms due to injuries or other muscle problems. This eMedTV Web article describes how Skelaxin works, explains what you should know before taking the prescription drug, and lists possible side effects.
Soma is a form of muscle relaxant that is available by prescription only. This eMedTV article describes how Soma works to treat muscle spasms, explains how and when to use the drug, and lists potential side effects that may occur with treatment.
A prescription drug, tapentadol is a narcotic that is used to treat acute pain. This eMedTV article gives a comprehensive overview of this product, discussing its uses, potential side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Tylox is a medication that can be prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. This page from the eMedTV library explains how this combination drug works, discusses its abuse potential, and lists common side effects of the medicine.
Ultracet is a prescription medicine licensed to treat short-term pain. This eMedTV Web page further explains what Ultracet is used for, describes how it works, offers dosing information for the drug, and lists possible side effects that may occur.
Ultram is a medication that may be prescribed to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. This eMedTV resource describes how this drug works, lists potential side effects that may occur, and explains what you should be aware of before using it.
Zanaflex is a medication used for the short-term treatment of spasticity. This selection from the eMedTV archives takes an in-depth look at this prescription medicine, with information on side effects, dosing guidelines, drug warnings, and more.
Featured Anatomy
Partial sit-ups, bridges, and other back exercises can reduce a person's risk of developing lower back pain. This eMedTV article includes information and pictures on the correct way to perform these exercises, which will help keep the back healthy.
Featured Other
As this eMedTV article explains, practicing good posture, supporting your back properly, and avoiding heavy lifting can help with back injury prevention. This resource includes helpful information on how you can keep your back safe.
This eMedTV segment takes an in-depth look at chiropractic care, which entails hands-on therapy called manipulation. Licensing requirements, the goals of treatment, and various statistics are also provided.
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