Acute Back Pain

Pain that hits you suddenly—after falling from a ladder, being tackled on the football field, or lifting a load that is too heavy, for example—is acute pain. Acute pain comes on quickly and often leaves just as quickly. To be classified as acute, pain should last no longer ...1

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Causes of Acute Back Pain

Causes of back pain Often it's not possible to identify the cause of back pain. Doctors call this "non-specific" back pain. Sometimes the pain may be a result of an injury such as a sprain or strain, but often ...2

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Diagnosis of Acute Back Pain

Getting help and advice Back pain usually gets better on its own within a few weeks or months and you may not need to see a doctor or other healthcare professional. But it's a good idea to get help if ...3

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Causes List for Acute Back Pain

Possible causes of Acute Back Pain (or similar symptoms) may include:4

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Treatments for Acute Back Pain

Acute back pain usually gets better on its own and without treatment, although you may want to try acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen to help ease the pain. Perhaps the best advice is to go about your usual activities as much ...5

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Prevention of Acute Back Pain

Preventing back pain It's difficult to prevent back pain, but the following tips may help reduce your risk:

  • do regular back exercises and stretches - your GP or a physiotherapist may be able to advise you about exercises to try
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  1. Source: NIAMS (NIH): Health_Info/ Back_Pain/ default.asp
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ Back-pain/ 
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NIAMS (NIH): Health_Info/ Back_Pain/ default.asp

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