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What injuries can cause back pain?

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Falling down, getting into a car accident, or even overdoing it in that pick-up game over the weekend can cause problems you feel in your lower back, like:

Sprains and strains: Lifting and twisting at the same time, or swinging a golf club, can pull or tear the ligaments, muscles, and tendons in your back.

Spasms: These are muscle contractions, and they hurt. They generally happen when you sprain or strain your lower back.

Spine/vertebral fractures: Your back may have a break in it if it gets hit hard or you fall from a great height.

From: Why Does My Lower Back Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control: “Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2014.”

Lancet , August 2015.

Chien, JJ. Dec. 2008. Curr Pain Headache Rep.

UpToDate: “Low Back Pain in Adults: Beyond the Basics.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Degenerative Disc Disease;” “Understanding Arthritis;” and “What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?”

UCLA Spine Center: “Sacroiliac Joint Disease” and “What You should know about radiculopathy.”

American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis;” “Sciatica;” and “Spinal/vertebral fractures.” 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Back Spasm.”

Society for Vascular Surgery (Vascularweb.org): “Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Muskuloskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control: “Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2014.”

Lancet , August 2015.

Chien, JJ. Dec. 2008. Curr Pain Headache Rep.

UpToDate: “Low Back Pain in Adults: Beyond the Basics.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Degenerative Disc Disease;” “Understanding Arthritis;” and “What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?”

UCLA Spine Center: “Sacroiliac Joint Disease” and “What You should know about radiculopathy.”

American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis;” “Sciatica;” and “Spinal/vertebral fractures.” 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Back Spasm.”

Society for Vascular Surgery (Vascularweb.org): “Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Muskuloskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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