“Oh, my aching back!” If you’ve said this at some point in your life, you’re not alone: back pain affects 30 million Americans, and has been called the leading cause of disability worldwide.

But the truth is, you can take charge of your back pain. A new guide—“Managing Low Back Pain”—gets you up to date on all the latest treatment options. With this indispensable report, you’ll have everything you need to understand, manage, and even prevent back pain.

Why does my back hurt?

Your back is a complicated part of your body. “Managing Low Back Pain” helps you understand what’s going on “under the hood,” with full-color illustrations and a clear explanation of the muscles, bones, and nerves that comprise the back. You’ll also learn about conditions affecting the spine, including strains, sprains, nerve compression, vertebral compression fractures, arthritis, osteoporosis, and more. In addition, the guide highlights the risk factors for back pain—what you can’t control (for example, family history and age) and what you can (obesity, stress, posture, overuse, and other factors).

Just published, Managing Low Back Pain is packed with useful information like this:

  • How back pain affects men and women differently
  • The top 10 “back-breaking” jobs doctors say cause the most back pain
  • Full-color illustrations of the vertebrae, discs, nerves and other components of the spine
  • The differences between back strains and sprains
  • When to use ice or heat for back pain
  • How bone density is measured and rated
  • The five signs that you may be experiencing a back emergency and should call your doctor immediately
  • The questions a clinician will usually ask to diagnose your back pain
  • An overview of imaging technologies like x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans
  • How to get a good night’s sleep when your back hurts

You don’t have to put up with back pain

Here’s some good news: 90 percent of low back pain sufferers will recover within a month with no treatment at all. But as “Managing Low Back Pain” explains, you can boost your recovery with a range of noninvasive treatment options, including exercise, physical therapy, yoga, chiropractic care, acupuncture, meditation, and massage. Medications can help, too—the guide goes into detail about over-the-counter and prescription drugs, along with their risks and benefits.

Good back care starts at home

In the comfort of your own home, you can take steps to ease your back pain and prevent further flare-ups. Use the guide’s four, fully illustrated exercises to stretch your back muscles a few times a week. At the same time, be sure to build up your core muscles, which play a key role in supporting your spine and improving balance.  The guide’s suggested core exercises can help. Above all, stay active! You want to get back to your baseline level of fitness as soon as possible, without pushing yourself too hard, too soon.

How to prevent back pain in the first place

Preventing a back injury will always be easier than fixing a back injury. This is why “Managing Low Back Pain” includes helpful tips on protecting your spine. You’ll learn which movements place stress on your back and should be avoided.  The guide also offers simple adjustments you can make when sitting at your desk at work, like maintaining good posture and changing your position every now and then. In addition, “Managing Low Back Pain” shares advice on proper lifting technique, getting enough sleep, optimizing your weight, reducing stress, and quitting smoking—all of which are linked to good back health.

Don’t let back pain slow you down! With “Managing Low Back Pain,” you have the one resource you need to take control of your back pain and get back to the life you want. Order today!