Back pain is common and usually lasts for a short time. There are steps a person can take to ease the symptoms and prevent future problems. The most common type of back pain is pain in the lower back (lumbar spine) as this area bears the stress of the body weight throughout the day.
Many have lower back pain at some point in their lives, but few are caused by a chronic, medical problem. Lower back pain often clears within 2 – 6 weeks, and it can be separated into 2 categories:
- Mechanical pain, which is caused by wear and tear (degeneration) in parts of the lumbar spine
- Neurogenic pain, which occurs when spinal nerves are swollen, squeezed or pinched