Acute Back Pain: Causes

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Understand acute back pain

Back pain due to acute injury is common1, but effective symptomatic relief is available to help manage.2

The reason for the pain developing may not be known

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Back pain can arise due to a number of different reasons

There are many conditions commonly linked to back pain, however in this section, the focus will remain on acute back pain due to sprains/strains.3

The location of the pain can sometimes point to an origin

  • Man holding upper back

    Pain in this area may be due to a muscle or ligament strain, among other causes.4

  • Man holding lower back

    The cause of pain in this region is often hard to identify. Possible initiating issues include strains from lifting heavy weight incorrectly or injury following an awkward body movement.4

Understanding acute back pain

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Signs and symptoms

Explore an overview of how to recognise acute back pain and know when to refer patients.

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Management

Learn how acute back pain can be managed.

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Overview of acute sprains and strains

Find out about how common acute sprains and strains are, and meet a patient experiencing a sprain.

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