Back pain is a common condition that affects a majority of people some time in their lives. The causes are varied and most are self-limiting in duration, and improves with conservative care and time.
It is important to seek proper care if back pain is unusual or is accompanied by other symptoms. Some conditions such as bone fracture, cancer, ruptured aortic aneurysm, kidney stones or infection may present as back pain.
Most commonly back pain is caused by strain, which usually improves with a few days of rest and, if needed, over the counter medications. Other causes such as degenerated vertebral disc and spinal joint (facet joint) arthritis can predispose individuals to more frequent back pain.
Sciatica, pain that radiates into the hip or leg, can often accompany back pain. It may, but not always, be associated with a pinched spinal nerve.