No one wants to suffer from back and neck discomfort, yet it’s one of the most common pains Americans face. In most cases, you can prevent minor aches and pains by committing to your spine health. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 10 million adults 50 and older develop osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to weaken, leading to an increased risk of bone breaks and fractures. The good news is, osteoporosis is not an inevitable disease. By learning about the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis and steps you can take to prevent the condition, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing the disease. 

Every year, nearly 25,000 people will develop a brain or spinal tumor, according to the American Cancer Society. While the chances of developing a spinal tumor are low, they can cause significant pain and discomfort. And understanding different types of spinal tumors can help you identify early development for faster and more effective relief. 

The spine is a bone structure that runs from the base of the neck to the lower back. It's a crucial part of the body responsible for supporting the head and protecting the spinal cord. The average spine makes a slight "C" shape. However, some people develop abnormal curves to their spine, leading to pain, stiffness, and other challenges. Two common abnormal spine curvatures are kyphosis and lordosis. 

According to the Global Burden of Disease, back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Nearly 31 million Americans experience lower back pain, making it one of the top reasons people miss work and visit the doctor.

Although back pain is common, it doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of life. If you’re experiencing mild, moderate, severe back pain, talk to your doctor to determine the cause of the pain and consider these tips for coping with discomfort.