Back pain is a very common condition, albeit a uniquely experienced one. Almost everyone will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. This pain can vary from mild to severe. It can be short-lived or long-lasting. However it happens, low back pain can make many everyday activities difficult to do. Ranging from the dull or throbbing aches of spine osteoarthritis to the shooting, sharp pain of a ruptured disc, back pain can also come and go, be constant, worsen with exercise or prolonged sitting, and/or be associated with neurological symptoms like numbness and tingling. While back pain can be frustrating and debilitating, the upside is that the majority of episodes of back pain improve or resolve with minimal care, and usually within a few weeks.
Anyone can have back pain, but some things that increase your risk are:
There are two types of back pain:
There are many causes of back pain. Examples include:
Back pain is a symptom of a medical condition. Many times, the cause of back pain is never known. Back pain can get better even if you do not know the cause.
You should see a doctor if you have:
There are a few things you can do to help you live with back pain:
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