In most cases the cause of back pain is unclear, but some back pain may be caused by a range of factors, including:
But there are some specific conditions associated with a painful back, including spondylosis, sciatica and spinal stenosis.
You should see your doctor if your pain:
Very rarely, back pain can indicate a more serious problem. See your doctor immediately if you:
Try the following self-help tips to ease your back pain:
Taking painkillers, staying active and doing some exercise are the most common things that help most people with back pain. If you need more treatment this may include: