Finding the Right Back Pain Treatment
Slide Introduction: DCP: Finding the Right Back Pain Treatment

A Closer Look at Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the United States. Approximately 25% of U.S. adults experience a day of back pain in any given three-month period. Back pain usually resolves on its own, but see a doctor if it lasts more than a few weeks or you have other symptoms. Back pain lasting for three months or more is chronic back pain, which can be difficult to treat. You may need to see a back pain specialist for chronic back pain or pain that is not responding to common treatments.​ Here is a look at the​ types of doctors and providers to see if you have back pain.

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