According to the National Institutes of Health, about 80 percent of Americans experience low back pain in their lifetime. For some, the pain only lasts for a short period of time then goes away. But for others, back pain can last for years, seriously affecting their quality of life.
As the Medical Director of South Shore Health System's Spine Center, I hear a lot of questions from patients about back pain. Here are some answers to some of their most common questions.