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1.  Back Pain
Back pain (medically referred to as "lumbago") is not a disease; it is a symptom. Back pain usually refers to a problem with one or more of the structures of the lower back such as ligaments, muscles, nerves, or th...
Symptoms:
  • Back pain
2.  Sprains & Strains
Sprain refers to damage or tearing of ligaments or a joint capsule. Strain refers to damage or tearing of a muscle.
Symptoms:
  • Back pain
  • Knee stiff
  • Body ache
  • Stiff neck
  • Foot pain
3.  Slipped (Herniated) Disk
Your spinal column is made of up 26 bones (vertebrae) that are cushioned by disks. The disks protect the bones by absorbing the shocks from daily activities like walking, lifting, and twisting. Each disk has two parts-...
Symptoms:
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Finger numbness
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Muscle weakness
4.  Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a bone disease, which causes an increase in size of normally small spaces inside bones, making them lose strength and density. At the same time, the outside of the bone also grows weaker and thinner.
Symptoms:
  • Back pain
  • Lordosis
  • Limited range of motion
  • Finger pain
  • Kyphosis
5.  Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the reproductive organs in women. The pelvis is located in the lower abdomen and includes the fallopian tubes, the ovaries, the cervix, and the uterus. According t...
Symptoms:
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Infertility
  • Painful menstruation
  • Loss of appetite
6.  Painful Menstrual Periods
Menstruation is a monthly occurrence for women in which the body sheds the lining of the uterus (womb), which is then passed through a small opening in the cervix and out through the vaginal canal. Some pain, cramping...
Symptoms:
  • Back pain
  • Heart rate altered
  • Headache
  • Moist skin
  • Throbbing sensations
7.  Obesity
Obesity is an epidemic in the U.S. This condition is putting people at a higher risk for serious diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio...
Symptoms:
  • Back pain
  • Lordosis
  • Snoring
  • Low back pain
  • Fatigue
8.  Scoliosis
Scoliosis is an unnatural curvature of the spine. The normal shape of the spine includes a top-of-the-shoulder curve and a lower back curve. If your spine is curved from side to side or in an "S" or "C" shape, yo...
Symptoms:
  • Back pain
  • Posture abnormal
  • Sunken chest
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
9.  Miscarriage
Miscarriage is an event that results in the loss of a fetus during early pregnancy. Also called spontaneous abortion (SAB), this typically occurs during the first half of pregnancy. According to the American Pregnanc...
Symptoms:
  • Back pain
  • Low back pain
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
10.  Kidney Stones
Kidney stones, or renal calculi, are solid masses made of crystals. Kidney stones originate in your kidneys, but can be found at any point in your urinary tract. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder...
Symptoms:
  • Back pain
  • Painful urination
  • Flank pain
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Blood in urine
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