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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.
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Physical exercise during pregnancy provides benefits for both mother and baby

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Researchers create smart, mechanized undergarment to offload stress on the low back

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Yoga benefits veterans with chronic low back pain, study shows

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New treatment receives FDA approval to reduce complications of sickle cell disease

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Study finds substantial use of opioids among older rheumatoid arthritis patients

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Yoga may be helpful in treating chronic low back pain

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Study shows acupuncture as viable alternative to pain-relieving drugs in emergency departments

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UCLA offers transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat patients with depression

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Study finds increase in suicide risk for people with physical health conditions

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American Chiropractic Association offers tips for healthier travels

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