Back pain is very common and affects people of all ages. It can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. It usually feels like ache, tension or stiffness in the back. Several things can cause it, including a sudden movement or fall, an injury, or a medical condition.
Back pain originates from damage or injury to the vertebral bones, discs, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves of the spine and back. It is divided into neck pain (cervical), middle back pain (thoracic), lower back pain (lumbar), coccydynia (tailbone or sacral pain).
The most common cause of back pain are:
Signs and symptoms of back pain may include:
The pain ca be a mild, dull ache or a sharp, shooting or stabbing pain. In some cases, chronic or severe back pain can lead to complications like:
Cause of back pain will involve a physical examination, including reflex and strength tests like: