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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.
Medtronic: RCT demonstrates profound back pain relief with DTM therapy

Medtronic: RCT demonstrates profound back pain relief with DTM therapy

Treatment for low back pain in older adults does not match guidelines

Treatment for low back pain in older adults does not match guidelines

Study explains “Swiss-cheese” bones suspected to cause lower back pain

Study explains “Swiss-cheese” bones suspected to cause lower back pain

Study may help develop new treatments for abnormal nerve growth in the spine

Study may help develop new treatments for abnormal nerve growth in the spine

Novela Neurotech’s “smart” neural interface displayed at Creative Destruction Lab

Novela Neurotech’s “smart” neural interface displayed at Creative Destruction Lab

A veteran started vaping THC to cope with chronic pain. Then he got very sick.

A veteran started vaping THC to cope with chronic pain. Then he got very sick.

ACA's new website aims to educate public about chiropractic services

ACA's new website aims to educate public about chiropractic services

Depression and anxiety can have negative impact on outcomes following hip surgery

Depression and anxiety can have negative impact on outcomes following hip surgery

Smoking cannabis increases testicular cancer risk

Smoking cannabis increases testicular cancer risk

Tips for avoiding strain and injury after yard work

Tips for avoiding strain and injury after yard work

Medi-Cal to expand eligibility to young undocumented adults. But will they enroll?

Medi-Cal to expand eligibility to young undocumented adults. But will they enroll?

Yoga and physical therapy effective in treating co-occurring sleep disturbance, back pain

Yoga and physical therapy effective in treating co-occurring sleep disturbance, back pain

Cedars-Sinai surgeons detect and remove 25-pound cancerous ovarian tumor

Cedars-Sinai surgeons detect and remove 25-pound cancerous ovarian tumor

Groundwork laid for new kind of neural interface system

Groundwork laid for new kind of neural interface system

Scientists identify a novel method for treating chronic pain

Scientists identify a novel method for treating chronic pain

Esports need new protocols in sports medicine, say researchers

Esports need new protocols in sports medicine, say researchers

AAOMPT opposes use of 'degenerative disc disease' as diagnostic term for neck, back pain

AAOMPT opposes use of 'degenerative disc disease' as diagnostic term for neck, back pain

Direct current stimulation device aids in spinal fusion procedure

Direct current stimulation device aids in spinal fusion procedure

Highest anxiety and sleeping pill prescription rates in deprived areas of England

Highest anxiety and sleeping pill prescription rates in deprived areas of England

Drug may improve the safety of cannabis use in early pregnancy

Drug may improve the safety of cannabis use in early pregnancy