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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.
Clinical study supports usual medical care plus chiropractic care for low back pain

Clinical study supports usual medical care plus chiropractic care for low back pain

FDA approves new drug to treat MS in pediatric patients

FDA approves new drug to treat MS in pediatric patients

Study finds neuroinflammation in spinal cord, nerve roots of patients with chronic sciatica

Study finds neuroinflammation in spinal cord, nerve roots of patients with chronic sciatica

Survey: Childbirth hurts but pain relief options make it manageable

Survey: Childbirth hurts but pain relief options make it manageable

ACA suggests simple stretches for gardeners to alleviate pain and stiffness

ACA suggests simple stretches for gardeners to alleviate pain and stiffness

Prostate cancer on the rise and detected late in the UK finds report

Prostate cancer on the rise and detected late in the UK finds report

Back pain being mismanaged globally

Back pain being mismanaged globally

Chronic opioid users at increased risk of complications after spinal fusion surgery

Chronic opioid users at increased risk of complications after spinal fusion surgery

Docs worry there’s ‘nowhere to send’ new and expectant moms with depression

Docs worry there’s ‘nowhere to send’ new and expectant moms with depression

The Importance of Fetal Fibronectin Testing for Women with Symptomatic Preterm Labor

The Importance of Fetal Fibronectin Testing for Women with Symptomatic Preterm Labor

Young athletes commonly have bone marrow edema in lower spine, study shows

Young athletes commonly have bone marrow edema in lower spine, study shows

Modifying Oncolytic Adenoviruses to Target Pancreatic Cancer

Modifying Oncolytic Adenoviruses to Target Pancreatic Cancer

As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

Jury’s in: Opioids are not better than other medicines for chronic pain

Jury’s in: Opioids are not better than other medicines for chronic pain

Rocker bottom shoes help strengthen back muscles, reduce low back pain

Rocker bottom shoes help strengthen back muscles, reduce low back pain

Study suggests there are health benefits for the ‘tummy tuck’

Study suggests there are health benefits for the ‘tummy tuck’

Standing desks may not be as good for health as previously thought

Standing desks may not be as good for health as previously thought

New data from VOYAGE 2 trial shows promising results for Janssen’s guselkumab treatment

New data from VOYAGE 2 trial shows promising results for Janssen’s guselkumab treatment

Experimental treatment improves invisible symptoms of a man with spinal cord injury

Experimental treatment improves invisible symptoms of a man with spinal cord injury

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

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