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What's causing your lower back pain?

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Most strains, sprains, and disc problems will get better on their own, but it may take months.

The top three causes are sprains and strains, herniated discs, and stenosis.

Lower back pain is among the most common complaints of older age. The lumbar or lower area of the spine can suffer from many different ailments. "You do most of your bending in the lower back, and that's probably why the lower back tends to be affected more," explains Dr. Jeffrey Katz, a Harvard Medical School professor and editor of the Harvard Special Health Report Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back.

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