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Back pain: Introduction

Back pain: Pain in the back region. See detailed information below for a list of 479 causes of Back pain, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Back pain:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Back pain. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Back pain

Home medical tests possibly related to Back pain:

Causes of Types of Back pain:

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Review causes of types of Back pain in more specific categories:

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Back pain: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Back pain, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Back pain Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Back pain may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Back pain

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Back pain may include:

  • Correct posture while sitting, standing, driving
  • Sleep on your back
  • Core strengthening exercise
  • more treatments »

Stories from Users for Back pain

Real-life user stories relating to Back pain:

Message Boards for Back pain

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Back pain or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Back pain:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Back pain. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • General inspection - posture, gait, level of distress.
    • Inspect the back, examine range of movement of the back to reproduce pain, palpation of the back
    • Neurological examination of the lower limbs if symptoms extend below the buttocks
    • Examine related joints e.g. hip and sacroiliac
  • more tests...»

Back pain: Animations

Medications or substances causing Back pain:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Back pain as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Back pain: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Back pain may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Back pain

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Back pain:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Back pain. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Back pain: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Back pain

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Back pain: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Back pain: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Back pain listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Back pain as a symptom include:

Article Excerpts about Back pain

Back pain is a symptom that can arise from many causes. It can range from a dull, annoying ache to absolute agony. Many cases of back pain are caused by stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Back Pain Information Page: NINDS)

Back pain has become the high price paid by our modern lifestyle and is a startlingly common cause of disability for many Americans, including both active and inactive people. Back pain that spreads to the leg is called sciatica and is a very common condition (see below). Another common type of back pain is associated with the discs of the spine, the soft, spongy padding between the vertebrae (bones) that form the spine. Discs protect the spine by absorbing shock, but they tend to degenerate over time and may sometimes rupture. Spondylolisthesis is a back condition that occurs when one vertebra extends over another, causing pressure on nerves and therefore pain. Also, damage to nerve roots (see Spine Basics in the Appendix) is a serious condition, called radiculopathy, that can be extremely painful. (Source: excerpt from Pain -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

Back pain is a symptom that can arise from many causes. It can range from a dull, ... (Source: excerpt from NINDS Back Pain Information Page: NINDS)

Back pain has become the high price paid by our modern lifestyle and is a startlingly common cause of... (Source: excerpt from Pain -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

Definitions of Back pain:

Acute or chronic pain located in the posterior regions of the THORAX; LUMBOSACRAL REGION; or the adjacent regions.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Back pain:

The list of organs typically affected by Back pain may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Back pain

The list below shows some of the causes of Back pain mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Back pain?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Back pain. Of the 479 causes of Back pain that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 11 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 19 causes are "common" diseases
  • 10 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 37 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 438 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Back pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Back pain' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Back pain:

The following list of medical conditions have Back pain or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.




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Causes of Back pain Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Back pain based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Back pain?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Back pain, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Back pain:

    Back ache, Dorsalgia
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Back pain:

    Subtypes of Back pain:

    Lower back pain (89 causes), Middle back pain (31 causes), Upper back pain (20 causes), Backache (66 causes), Spine pain (12 causes), Back muscle pain (5 causes), Spinal pain on palpation of the spinal vertebrae (15 causes), Spinal pain experienced when lying still (9 causes), Spinal pain experienced on movement (18 causes), Spine Tenderness (32 causes), Severe upper back pain (13 causes), Lumbar pain (9 causes), Sciatica (30 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Back pain:

    Back symptoms (1093 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Pain symptoms (6458 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Swelling symptoms (3730 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Back pain:

    Back tingling (13 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Back ache (66 causes), Back symptoms (1093 causes), Burning sensations (446 causes), Tingling symptoms (951 causes), Back numbness (9 causes), Spinal pain (11 causes), Spine symptoms (821 causes), Sciatica (30 causes), Chest pain (1053 causes), Lung pain, Side pain (33 causes), Pleuritic chest pain (25 causes), Slip disc, Arthritis (224 causes), Abnormal curvature of back, Scoliosis (480 causes), lordosis (97 causes)

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    Medical News summaries about Back pain

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Back pain

    Medical research papers related to Back pain include:

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