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back ache

The back is an intricate structure composed of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and disks (cartilage-like pads that act as cushions between the segments of the spine). Back pain can arise from problems with any of these parts.


Causes may include:

  • strains – either from strained muscles and ligaments, improper lifting, or sudden movements
  • structural problems – bulging or ruptured disks
  • sciatica – sharp, shooting pain from a bulging or herniated disk that presses on the main nerve that travels down the leg
  • arthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • cauda equina syndrome – a serious neurological problem affecting a bundle of nerve roots, causing weakness in the legs

Treatment may include:

  • pain relievers
  • bed rest
  • medication
  • physical therapy
  • neurology

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