Back pain is one of the most common reasons patients make appointments with orthopedic pain specialists. It is so common, in fact, that an estimated 80% of Americans will experience the condition at some point in their lives. Back pain is a term that encompasses a variety of causes and conditions, although the symptoms between different cases of back pain tend to be similar: decreased mobility, limited flexibility, shooting or stabbing pain, achiness or throbbing pain, and even pain that travels from the back into the leg(s). Back pain can be caused by lifestyle habits, such as poor posture when sitting or standing, or aggressive sports that strain the back. It can also be indicative of conditions such as osteoarthritis, a compressed nerve or herniated disc, muscle or ligament strain, degenerative disc disease, and others.