Low back pain can do more than keep you from the activities and people you love, it can also rob you of your quality of life and ability to get a good night's rest.

And you are not alone. Up to 80 percent of people will experience back pain during the course of their lives. Back pain is the most common reason for missed work and the third most frequent reason people visit the doctor's office, according to the American Chiropractic Association. (Here are more surprising reasons for back pain.)

Your back is made up of bones (vertebrae), muscles, joints ligaments, nerves, and intervertebral discs, all of which can drive back pain if they become damaged or misaligned. This can occur due to advancing age, trauma, overexertion, or underlying disease, among other causes. Back pain is common across both genders, but there are some causes that are unique to women. (Here are the causes of lower back pain in women.)

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