What do you learn by looking at the spines of hundreds of Finnish twins? You discover that back pain is not just caused by exertion?it’s caused to a large extent by genetics. And if YOU have it, at least you can tell when it’s going to rain.

Researcher Javad Parvizi says you should believe your grandmother, friend or co-worker when they tell you it’s going to rain?even if it’s simply because their aching knees, hips, hands or shoulders “say so?When pressure in the environment changes, we know that the amount of fluid in the joint or the pressure inside the joint fluctuates with it. Individuals with arthritic joints feel these changes much more because they have less cartilage to provide cushioning.”

What if the pain is in your back? Researcher Michele Crites-Batti

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