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What is spinal pain?

Spinal pain, or back pain, is pain caused by a variety of disorders that can affect the spine. Spinal pain is often caused my minor injuries, such as a pulled muscle or a sprain. Sometimes spinal pain is caused by a problem with the pieces of cartilage-like material known as disks or discs that lie between each vertebra, which are the bony segments of the spine. The disks can change shape or move out of place and press against nerves in the spine. In other cases, such conditions as arthritis or scoliosis change the shape of the spine and cause pain. Much less commonly, a spinal infection or cancer in the spine can cause spinal pain.

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