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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.
Back pain affects nearly half of well-functioning, highly active older adults

Back pain affects nearly half of well-functioning, highly active older adults

Mount Sinai study uncovers potential link between poor diet and back injuries

Mount Sinai study uncovers potential link between poor diet and back injuries

As marijuana laws relax, doctors say pregnant women shouldn’t partake

As marijuana laws relax, doctors say pregnant women shouldn’t partake

New essential oil inhaler facilitates pain management

New essential oil inhaler facilitates pain management

Many gym-goers injure themselves by pushing harder to be better than friends

Many gym-goers injure themselves by pushing harder to be better than friends

Study identifies exercises to help prevent chronic back pain in runners

Study identifies exercises to help prevent chronic back pain in runners

Migraine surgery leads to significant improvements in everyday functioning and coping ability

Migraine surgery leads to significant improvements in everyday functioning and coping ability

Rare gene mutation gives rise to low sensitivity to pain

Rare gene mutation gives rise to low sensitivity to pain

Bone marrow edema does not increase due to intense physical activity, study finds

Bone marrow edema does not increase due to intense physical activity, study finds

Relieving Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis with Exercise

Relieving Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis with Exercise

Telemedicine for addiction treatment? Picture remains fuzzy

Telemedicine for addiction treatment? Picture remains fuzzy

Female veterans experience improvement in low back pain with course of chiropractic care

Female veterans experience improvement in low back pain with course of chiropractic care

DePuy Synthes launches CONCORDE Clear MIS Discectomy Device to simplify spinal fusion surgery

DePuy Synthes launches CONCORDE Clear MIS Discectomy Device to simplify spinal fusion surgery

Health risks to farmworkers increase as workforce ages

Health risks to farmworkers increase as workforce ages

Less invasive therapy relieves low back pain, study states

Less invasive therapy relieves low back pain, study states

Doctors make big money testing urine for drugs, then ignore abnormal results

Doctors make big money testing urine for drugs, then ignore abnormal results

MRI scans of healthy military recruits reveal sacroiliac joint damage that mimics axial spondyloarthritis

MRI scans of healthy military recruits reveal sacroiliac joint damage that mimics axial spondyloarthritis

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Stoked! Weed may light the flame for a roll in the hay

Report reveals high risk of back, shoulder and other injuries for competitive divers

Report reveals high risk of back, shoulder and other injuries for competitive divers

Bariatric surgical patients may be vulnerable to opioid dependence

Bariatric surgical patients may be vulnerable to opioid dependence