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If you've ever groaned, "Oh, my aching back!", you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.
Most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take awhile. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and resting can help. However, staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days can make it worse.
If your back pain is severe or doesn't improve after three days, you should call your health care provider. You should also get medical attention if you have back pain following an injury.
NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Back Pain Summary(National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke)Back Pain - How to Prevent(Patient Education Institute)Also available in SpanishWhat Is Back Pain?(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)Also available in Spanish