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Ask the doctor: How can I treat back pain?

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Try the least invasive options first to relieve back pain—including exercise, physical therapy, and pain medications.

Q. Do you have any suggestions for a 79-year-old woman who has quite a bit of pain in her back? I have spinal stenosis and curvature of the spine.

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