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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.
Sleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costs

Sleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costs

FDA approves first drug for treatment of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder

FDA approves first drug for treatment of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder

As the economy surges, a dramatic drop in workers on disability

As the economy surges, a dramatic drop in workers on disability

Researchers find link between chronic pain and alterations in the gut microbiome

Researchers find link between chronic pain and alterations in the gut microbiome

Scientists find link between chronic pain and gut microbiome

Scientists find link between chronic pain and gut microbiome

Vitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart disease

Vitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart disease

Distractions and exercise may be key to managing chronic pain

Distractions and exercise may be key to managing chronic pain

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Opioid prescriptions drop sharply among state workers

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Study finds extremely low use of weight loss medicines by veterans

Opioid overdose found to be most common cause of pregnancy-associated death in new moms

Opioid overdose found to be most common cause of pregnancy-associated death in new moms

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Study: Child and adolescent health improved but maternal mortality worsened in the U.S.

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New tool helps physiotherapy students to master complex fine motor skills

New article focuses on integrative health, value-based medicine, and whole systems research

New article focuses on integrative health, value-based medicine, and whole systems research

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Study shows link between menopause symptoms and chronic pain

Australian women urged to increase physical activity and prevent chronic disease

Australian women urged to increase physical activity and prevent chronic disease

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Smart soft orthosis supports workers with real-time motion detection

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Cancer’s complications: Confusing bills, maddening errors and endless phone calls

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Expert review identifies barriers to care for women with endometriosis

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Exploring the factors around experience and management of pain in workplaces

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Surgery and other treatments offer viable options for adult scoliosis