Low back pain is caused by injury to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain). Common causes include improper lifting, poor posture, lack of regular exercise, fracture, ruptured disk, or arthritis.

Often, the only symptom is pain in the lower back.

Most low back pain goes away on its own in two to four weeks. Physical therapy and pain relievers can help. A few cases may require surgery.

A common, painful condition affecting the lower portion of the spine.

  • lumbago

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

Very common

< 0
Cases per year

More than 3 million US cases per year

Usually self-treatable

Usually self-diagnosable

Lab tests or imaging rarely required

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