Low Back Pain
Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in
intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation. Most
low back pain is
acute (short-term) and lasts a few days to a few weeks, and will resolve on
its own with self-care. It is usually caused by a problem in how the components
of the back (spine, muscle, intervertebral discs, and nerves) fit together
Chronic back pain is pain for 12 weeks or longer, even after acute low back pain
has been treated.
Low back pain is often preventable by avoiding movements that jolt or strain
the back, maintaining correct posture, and lifting objects properly. A
complete medical history and physical exam by your doctor can usually
identify any serious conditions that may be causing the pain. Imaging
tests are not necessary in most cases.