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What are the spinal problems that cause back pain?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Spinal problems that can cause back pain include:

  • Herniated disc: In between our vertebrae, small sponge-like pads act as cushions to absorb everyday shocks to our spinal column. Aging and injury can cause those discs to rupture or bulge, putting pressure on the nerves in our spine and causing significant pain.
  • Sciatic pain: Felt in the sciatic nerve, which runs down your leg, caused by pressure from a herniated disc.
  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis often affects the lower back and can cause a painful narrowing of the spinal canal called spinal stenosis.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.

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