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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.
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

Researchers aim to find how kinesiophobia may affect individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain

Researchers aim to find how kinesiophobia may affect individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain

New therapeutic approach for children born to mothers who used cannabis during pregnancy

New therapeutic approach for children born to mothers who used cannabis during pregnancy

Default response to spinal disc injuries can be temporarily stopped to allow for better treatment

Default response to spinal disc injuries can be temporarily stopped to allow for better treatment

Using mindfulness approach to tackle opioid crisis

Using mindfulness approach to tackle opioid crisis

Researchers question the effectiveness of exercise system for relieving lower back pain

Researchers question the effectiveness of exercise system for relieving lower back pain

Medicare fraudsters now tap telemedicine in medical equipment scams

Medicare fraudsters now tap telemedicine in medical equipment scams

Study explores psychological aspects of pain management

Study explores psychological aspects of pain management

Access to physical therapy for low back pain may reduce opioid prescriptions

Access to physical therapy for low back pain may reduce opioid prescriptions

NAU researchers aim to find microbial link between two common respiratory diseases

NAU researchers aim to find microbial link between two common respiratory diseases

NIH awards $945 million through NIH HEAL Initiative to reverse opioid crisis

NIH awards $945 million through NIH HEAL Initiative to reverse opioid crisis

Interactive VR during high-intensity cycling reduces muscle pain

Interactive VR during high-intensity cycling reduces muscle pain

Study highlights need to educate women and medical community about risk factors of preeclampsia

Study highlights need to educate women and medical community about risk factors of preeclampsia

People with persistent back pain, headaches twice as likely to suffer from both disorders

People with persistent back pain, headaches twice as likely to suffer from both disorders