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What causes nocturnal back pain?

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Just as with normal back pain, the cause of nighttime back pain isn't always clear. Among other things, back pain can be caused by any of the following:

  • Problems with the way the spine moves or other mechanical problems, the most common of which is disc degeneration.
  • Injuries such as sprains or fractures
  • Diseases and conditions, such as scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, or spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.

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StopPain.org: "How Frequently Does Low Back Pain Occur?"

Harding, I. Spine, September 1, 2005; vol 30: pp 1985-1988.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, P.A.: "Things that Go Ouch in the Night."

MayoClinic: "Back Pain."

Kramarich, S. Northeast Florida Medicine, Summer 2005; pp 23 - 26

Family Doctor.org: "Low Back Pain"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskelatal and Skin Diseases: "Back Pain."

Diagnosis Pro: "Nocturnal Back Pain."

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network: "Frequently Asked Questions: Questions about lower back pain."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 26, 2020

SOURCES:

StopPain.org: "How Frequently Does Low Back Pain Occur?"

Harding, I. Spine, September 1, 2005; vol 30: pp 1985-1988.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, P.A.: "Things that Go Ouch in the Night."

MayoClinic: "Back Pain."

Kramarich, S. Northeast Florida Medicine, Summer 2005; pp 23 - 26

Family Doctor.org: "Low Back Pain"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskelatal and Skin Diseases: "Back Pain."

Diagnosis Pro: "Nocturnal Back Pain."

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network: "Frequently Asked Questions: Questions about lower back pain."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 26, 2020

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