Mayo Clinic Minute – How can you avoid back surgery?

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical help or miss work. It is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Back pain can range from a muscle aching to a shooting, burning or stabbing sensation. Fortunately, there are measures that can help prevent or relieve most back pain episodes. If prevention fails, simple home treatment and using the body correctly often will heal the back within a few weeks. Dr. Maziyar Kalani, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon, says there are measures to help assist with most back pain. Medications, physical therapy and exercise can help.
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