(Also known as lumbar pain)

Backache usually happens due to strain or damage to muscles, ligaments, or discs in the lower back. It’s commonly caused by poor posture, heavy lifting, or sudden movements. It tends to get better by itself after a few weeks, but can sometimes last longer or keep coming back.

You might have backache if you have:

Dull, aching pain in your lower back
Stiffness or difficulty moving your back
Sharp pain or muscle spasms
  • Poor posture, such as slouching or sitting for extended periods
  • Heavy lifting or repetitive movements that strain the back muscles
  • Sudden movements or twisting motions that cause injury to the spine
  • Obesity or carrying excess weight, putting added strain on the lower back
  • Dull, aching pain in the lower back, often worsened by movement or activity
  • Stiffness or limited mobility in the back, particularly after periods of inactivity
  • Radiating pain that travels down the legs, often accompanied by tingling or numbness
  • Muscle spasms or cramping in the lower back
  • Practise good posture and avoid sitting or standing in one position for too long
  • Use proper lifting techniques, bending your knees and keeping your back straight
  • Apply heat or cold packs to the affected area to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Engage in gentle stretching exercises to improve flexibility and strengthen the back muscles
  • Use over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen to reduce pain

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