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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.
Self-treated pain can contribute to risk of frequent non-medical prescription opioid use

Self-treated pain can contribute to risk of frequent non-medical prescription opioid use

UTA psychology professor explores influence of irrational doubts on chronic pain treatment success

UTA psychology professor explores influence of irrational doubts on chronic pain treatment success

Elderly patients can benefit from herniated disc surgery, study shows

Elderly patients can benefit from herniated disc surgery, study shows

Inhealthcare and Roche Diagnostics partnership brings new innovation to self-testing market

Inhealthcare and Roche Diagnostics partnership brings new innovation to self-testing market

Experts defy exclusion of acupuncture in two British governmental guidelines

Experts defy exclusion of acupuncture in two British governmental guidelines

Scientists write medical rulebook to help astronauts stay fit and healthy during long space trips

Scientists write medical rulebook to help astronauts stay fit and healthy during long space trips

Research on disc degeneration holds potential to help millions suffering from lower back pain

Research on disc degeneration holds potential to help millions suffering from lower back pain

Scientists find way to provide longer-lasting pain relief using MOFs

Scientists find way to provide longer-lasting pain relief using MOFs

How physicians can prevent opioid abuse while providing adequate pain relief

How physicians can prevent opioid abuse while providing adequate pain relief

Common drugs, uncommon risks? Higher rate of serious problems after short-term steroid use

Common drugs, uncommon risks? Higher rate of serious problems after short-term steroid use

New JAMA study supports use of SMT as first line treatment for low back pain patients

New JAMA study supports use of SMT as first line treatment for low back pain patients

Study finds unnecessary referrals, testing in patients treated at hospital-based primary practices

Study finds unnecessary referrals, testing in patients treated at hospital-based primary practices

Study shows promising results for real-world massage in treating chronic low back pain

Study shows promising results for real-world massage in treating chronic low back pain

Amgen, UCB present romosozumab Phase 2 results at ENDO 2017

Amgen, UCB present romosozumab Phase 2 results at ENDO 2017

Common neurological diseases pose serious annual financial burden for the U.S.

Common neurological diseases pose serious annual financial burden for the U.S.

Study uncovers trigger for recurrent UTI infections

Study uncovers trigger for recurrent UTI infections

Music therapy decreases pain in patients recovering from spine surgery

Music therapy decreases pain in patients recovering from spine surgery

FDA approves new maintenance therapy for recurrent cancers

FDA approves new maintenance therapy for recurrent cancers

ACA adopts clinical practice guidelines for treatment of low back pain

ACA adopts clinical practice guidelines for treatment of low back pain

New tool under development could identify poor posture of surgeons in operating room

New tool under development could identify poor posture of surgeons in operating room