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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.
$11 million NIH grant for Clemson University helps launch new center for musculoskeletal research

$11 million NIH grant for Clemson University helps launch new center for musculoskeletal research

Eisai enters into agreement with Eurofarma for development and sales of lorcaserin in 17 countries

Eisai enters into agreement with Eurofarma for development and sales of lorcaserin in 17 countries

Simple procedure could be efficacious intervention for failed back surgery

Simple procedure could be efficacious intervention for failed back surgery

Thesis sheds new light on women with vertebral compression fractures

Thesis sheds new light on women with vertebral compression fractures

Survey: 2.5 million people experience back pain every day in the UK

Survey: 2.5 million people experience back pain every day in the UK

Health insurers have inconsistent policy terms for non-drug pain treatments, study finds

Health insurers have inconsistent policy terms for non-drug pain treatments, study finds

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Extensive brain inflammation present in fibromyalgia patients, shows recent multicenter study

Microglia lead to increased neuro-inflammation in fibromyalgia patients, finds study

Microglia lead to increased neuro-inflammation in fibromyalgia patients, finds study

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Workers overdose on the job, and employers struggle to respond

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Mesoblast’s MPC therapy for children featured at symposium for congenital heart disease

Alexion announces positive results from Phase 3 PREVENT study of Soliris in patients with NMOSD

Alexion announces positive results from Phase 3 PREVENT study of Soliris in patients with NMOSD

CHMP issues positive opinion supporting use of Trelegy Ellipta in broader group of COPD patients

CHMP issues positive opinion supporting use of Trelegy Ellipta in broader group of COPD patients

Home-based video game exercises can reduce chronic low back pain in older people, study finds

Home-based video game exercises can reduce chronic low back pain in older people, study finds

Day-tripping to the dispensary: Seniors in pain hop aboard the canna-bus

Day-tripping to the dispensary: Seniors in pain hop aboard the canna-bus

Sugar pills may help treat certain chronic pain patients

Sugar pills may help treat certain chronic pain patients

New evidence does not support use of invasive procedures for patients with chronic pain

New evidence does not support use of invasive procedures for patients with chronic pain

Back pain linked with mental health problems and risky behaviors in adolescents

Back pain linked with mental health problems and risky behaviors in adolescents

Study raises concerns about inappropriate opioid prescribing, lax documentation practices

Study raises concerns about inappropriate opioid prescribing, lax documentation practices

New research shows that neuromuscular changes during pregnancy lead to lower-back pain

New research shows that neuromuscular changes during pregnancy lead to lower-back pain

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Mediterranean diet could be better than ‘Viagra’ for erectile dysfunction