What is causing this pain in my back?

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What is causing this pain in my back?

Back pain is a typical cause of absenteeism from work and for seeking medical treatment. It can be uncomfortable, painful and debilitating.

Back pain can impact people of any age, for many reasons. It can happen from injury, activity and some medical situations.  As people get older, the chance of receiving advanced Source lower back pain rises, due to factors such as previous job and the degenerative disk condition.

Pain in the upper back may occur due to disorders of the aorta, tumors in the chest, and spine pain.

The human back is made of a composite structure of muscles, ligaments, bones, disks, and, tendons, which work collectively to help the body and allow us to move around.

The parts of the spine are cushioned with cartilage-like pads called disks.

Difficulties with any of these elements can start to back pain. In several cases of back pain, its origin remains unclear.

Injury can occur from strain, medical conditions, and poor posture, among others.


Back pain usually begins from strain, tension, or injury. Common causes of back pain are:

  • stretched muscles or ligaments
  • a muscle contraction
  • muscle strain
  • damaged disks
  • injuries, fractures, or falls

Actions that can start to strains include:

  • lifting something awkwardly
  • lifting something too large
  • making an unexpected and heavy movement

Structural problems

  • Ruptured disks
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Abnormal curvature of the spine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney problems

Movement and posture

Back pain can also occur from some normal movements or poor posture.

  • standing or resting for long periods
  • over-stretching
  • long driving sittings without a break, even when not bowed
  • bending stiffly or for long periods
  • coughing or sneezing
  • muscle tension
  • pushing, pulling, lifting, or carrying something
  • twisting
  • straining the neck forward, such as when driving or using a computer
  • sleeping on a bed that does not support the body and keep the spine straight

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