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Back pain

Back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some point in their life. It usually feels like an ache, tension or stiffness in your back.
Symptoms of back pain
The main symptom of lower back pain is pain in the lower back that may be felt as soreness, tension or stiffness.
Causes of back pain
Your back is a complex structure made up of bones, muscles, nerves and joints. This can often make it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the pain.
Diagnosing back pain
Most cases of back pain do not require medical attention and can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers and self care.
Treating back pain
Treatments for back pain will vary depending on how long you have had the pain, how severe it is and your individual needs and preferences.
Preventing back pain
Keeping your back strong and supple is the best way to avoid getting back pain. Regular exercise, maintaining good posture and lifting correctly will all help.
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