Back pain is a common ailment, affecting as many as 80 percent of Americans. It affects children, teens and adults. It can be felt in the upper, middle or lower part of the back, and may be accompanied by nerve problems.

Back pain can be a debilitating condition. Those suffering with it may have trouble performing daily activities, including those at work or school. People suffering from psychological conditions like anxiety or depression are at a higher risk for developing it.

Symptoms of Back Pain

• Muscle spasms
• Stiffness and aching along the spine from the neck to the base
• Stabbing pain when lifting heavy objects
• Chronic throbbing in the middle or lower back after sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time
• Difficulty standing up straight

Causes of Back Pain

• Bulging or ruptured disks between the vertebrae of the spine
• Strain of muscles and ligaments from sudden motions or heavy lifting
• Arthritis
• Fractures of vertebrae from conditions like osteoporosis
• Structural problems of the spine, like scoliosis (abnormal curving)
• Inflammation or infections of the kidneys, pancreas or pelvic organs
• Obesity
• Cancer in the spine (severe pain)