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Back pain health centre

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Symptoms & types

Back pain symptoms can range in intensity from mild to severe. Learn the signs to watch out for.

Symptoms

Get the facts on the aches and pains that signal back problems.

Warning signs

Chronic back pain? Sudden back pain? You need answers to these 10 questions.

Types of back pain

Upper and middle back pain, which can occur anywhere from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage, has become much more common as more of us have sedentary occupations.

In rare cases, severe back pain can be a sign of cauda equina syndrome (CES). Find out more about the symptoms, causes and treatments for CES.

Straining the muscles and ligaments that hold your spinal column in place can cause low back pain. Find out more about this common source of stiffness and pain

Learn more about the coccyx (tailbone) and the possible causes of pain in this part of the pelvis, known as coccydynia.

Lower back pain and pain in upper legs are common symptoms of spinal stenosis. Learn more about the causes and treatments for this condition.

The sacroiliac joint is prone to wear and inflammation causing pain.

Learn more about spondylolisthesis, which usually occurs in the lower back.

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle.

Complications

Painful, sleepless nights can be the norm for people with chronic pain. Find out how to fight back and get your sleep.

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