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Back pain is a very common problem affecting almost all individuals at some point in their lives. Back pain most commonly affects the lower back although it can be felt anywhere along the spine. An individual may experience aching, tension and stiffness that lasts for only a few days or weeks, or these symptoms may continue for many months or even years.

In most cases, back pain does not have a specific or serious cause and is often referred to as 'non-specific' pain. However, the pain can be triggered or worsened by, for example, a poor sitting or standing posture or bending or lifting incorrectly.

The use of painkillers and keeping active is often sufficient for the condition to resolve within 12 weeks. If back pain lasts longer than this, in which case it is termed chronic pain, an individual should visit their doctor. If the back pain is accompanied by any one of a fever, unexplained weight loss, swelling in the back, chest pain, leg pain, loss of bladder or bowel control, inability to pass urine, or pain that is worse at night, then medical help should be sought immediately. These are termed 'red flag symptoms' and could be a sign of something more serious such as rheumatoid arthritis, a slipped disc or osteoporosis.

People can reduce their chance of developing back pain by engaging in regular exercise, particularly swimming or walking, taking care to bend from the knees and hips rather than the back and maintaining a good posture.
High levels of physical activity affects pain perceptions in older adults, study finds

High levels of physical activity affects pain perceptions in older adults, study finds

Older people with back pain have 13% increased risk of dying from any cause, study finds

Older people with back pain have 13% increased risk of dying from any cause, study finds

Personally tailored exercises offer relief for patients with lower back pain

Personally tailored exercises offer relief for patients with lower back pain

CU Boulder scientists develop brain-based model to predict pain using variables beyond sensory input

CU Boulder scientists develop brain-based model to predict pain using variables beyond sensory input

ACA urges patients to try non-drug approaches for back pain relief before taking NSAIDs

ACA urges patients to try non-drug approaches for back pain relief before taking NSAIDs

New article outlines identical symptoms linked to hip and spine pain

New article outlines identical symptoms linked to hip and spine pain

Yoga may be helpful for patients suffering from low back pain, study finds

Yoga may be helpful for patients suffering from low back pain, study finds

Common drugs for treating back pain provide little benefit, research reveals

Common drugs for treating back pain provide little benefit, research reveals

Acupuncture improves effectiveness of standard treatment for chronic pain and depression

Acupuncture improves effectiveness of standard treatment for chronic pain and depression

Device to help physicians assess the pain experienced by patients released by Medasense

Device to help physicians assess the pain experienced by patients released by Medasense

New study reports link between truck driver’s poor health and crash risk

New study reports link between truck driver’s poor health and crash risk

Yoga may help reduce pain in people with chronic non-specific lower back pain, reveals Cochrane review

Yoga may help reduce pain in people with chronic non-specific lower back pain, reveals Cochrane review

Weather conditions play no part in symptoms linked to back pain or osteoarthritis

Weather conditions play no part in symptoms linked to back pain or osteoarthritis

Study estimates health benefits of UK soft drinks industry levy

Study estimates health benefits of UK soft drinks industry levy

Non-invasive and drug-free PEMF therapy can help improve detrimental effects of Arthritis

Non-invasive and drug-free PEMF therapy can help improve detrimental effects of Arthritis

Private practitioners urge patients to choose physical therapy over opioids to manage pain

Private practitioners urge patients to choose physical therapy over opioids to manage pain

New study to explore ways of helping chronic pain patients get back to work

New study to explore ways of helping chronic pain patients get back to work

RB Knowledge for Health Survey reveals people want simpler health information for self care

RB Knowledge for Health Survey reveals people want simpler health information for self care

Surgery more effective in reducing sex life-related pain in patients with spinal disorders, study finds

Surgery more effective in reducing sex life-related pain in patients with spinal disorders, study finds

Pancreatic cancer to become third leading cause of death in the EU in 2017

Pancreatic cancer to become third leading cause of death in the EU in 2017