What Causes Back Pain, and How Is It Diagnosed?

Medically Reviewed by Madeline Hubbard, RN, BSN

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In 2018, 25% of adults in the United States reported experiencing lower back pain. Because this is a common condition that can be very disruptive to daily life, back pain is a leading reason for people to seek out medical care. Back pain can be the result of lifting something heavy, a fall or a particular medical condition. No matter what the cause is, back pain is serious and may require surgery if you don’t get effective treatment. If you’re living with back pain now or want to know how to prevent back pain in the future, this guide is for you.