Back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain to persistent , severe, disabling pain in the back. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning.
The exact cause of back pain can be hard to determine. In most cases, back pain may be a symptom of many different causes, including any of the following:
Back pain is classified as acute (or short-term) and chronic. Acute back pain lasts from a few days to a few weeks; most acute back pain will resolve on its own. Chronic back pain lasts for more than 3 months and often gets worse. The cause of chronic back pain can be hard to find.
These are the most common symptoms of back pain. Symptoms may include discomfort or pain in the back that is:
The symptoms of back pain may look like other conditions or medical problems. Always see your health care provider for a diagnosis.
Along with a complete medical history and physical exam, tests for back pain may include:
Treatment may include:
Rehabilitation is often a part of treatment for back pain; generally, there are 3 phases of back pain rehabilitation :
The following may help to prevent back pain: