Understanding 10 Common Causes of Back Pain

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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The term “backache” is a very broad term — it can describe many different forms of back pain — and the causes behind back pain can vary greatly, too. Part of the reason for this wide range of backaches is the many different conditions and experiences that can cause a backache in the first place. This also means that backaches can have a wide range of treatments.

If you’re experiencing chronic or severe back pain, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about it as soon as you can. Learning about some of the common causes of backaches can also help you pinpoint potential reasons for your pain and help you learn how to avoid it in the future.