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If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly as a result of an accident or by lifting something heavy, or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine. Sedentary lifestyles also can set the stage for low back pain, especially when a weekday routine of getting too little exercise is punctuated by strenuous weekend workout.
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Dr. Gregory Billy

Dr. Gregory Billy, I am a board-certified physiatrist with subspecialties in sports medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine and pain medicine. I obtained my B.S. in Biology from Penn State University in May 1989. I graduated from Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey, PA in May 1993. I completed an internship at Reading Hospital and Medical Center and then completed my residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Sinai/Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland in June 1997. My main practice areas include spinal disorders and pain management. My initial years in practice have focused on my clinical practice at Penn State Orthopaedics caring for both community patients and athletes. I am working on research that would further advance our understanding of low back and response rate to lumbar epidural steroid injections. I currently serve as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and as a team physician for Penn State University.  Additionally, I am an adjunct professor in the College of Health and Human Development, Department of Health Policy and Administration at Penn State University. I currently teach HPA 057 a medicine for consumer’s class of 300 students..