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HealthExtra: Rid yourself of back pain

Chances are, at some time in your life, you’ll have a backache. In fact, it’s the second most popular reason Americans see their doctors, just behind colds and flu. Your lower back supports most of your body weight, so it’s not surprising that it’s often the site of aches and pains. The U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends you follow these suggestions to help prevent being laid low by back pain:

  • Get plenty of exercise to help you strengthen your back, improve flexibility, lose weight and avoid falls.
  • Learn to lift and bend properly.
  • Don’t wear high heels.
  • Quit smoking-your back will heal faster.