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Back pain overview

Back pain affects most people at some time in their lives. It comes in many forms, from lower back pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain to low back pain with sciatica. Common back pain causes include nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis. Many people find relief from symptoms of back pain with physiotherapy and painkillers.

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Back pain symptoms

Most people experience some degree of back pain during their lives. The symptoms will vary depending on the part of the back that's affected - and the cause of the pain.

Lower back pain symptoms

Although the pain may be concentrated on the lower back area, it may also affect the front, side, or back of the leg or legs.



The pain may develop over many years, from causes such as poor posture.



The symptoms can also appear suddenly, perhaps after some heavy lifting or twisting the back awkwardly. Sometimes the cause of the pain will remain unknown.



Symptoms may be worse at night, while sitting or during some body movements.

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