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What is back pain?

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Back pain is common and affects most people at some point in their life. It usually feels like an ache, tension or stiffness in your back.  

The pain can be triggered by sitting badly, bending or sitting awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly. 

Back pain is not generally caused by a serious disease and, in most cases, gets better within 12 weeks. It can usually be treated successfully by taking painkillers and keeping mobile.

Source: NHS Choices, UK (Back pain)

Last reviewed: February 2013

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