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What underlying conditions can cause back pain?

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Sometimes, back pain is caused by a long-term, underlying condition. Possibilities include:

  • An inflammatory disease like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis
  • Osteoporosis (bones losing to density as you age; may lead to fractures)
  • Scoliosis (curved spine)
  • Endometriosis, which occurs when tissue from the uterus grows in other parts of the body

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

SOURCES:

National Health Service (U.K.): “Back Pain Guide.”

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

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Diseases and Conditions -- Low Back Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Chronic Back Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Back Pain.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Backpack Safety.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 13, 2016

SOURCES:

National Health Service (U.K.): “Back Pain Guide.”

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

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Diseases and Conditions -- Low Back Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Chronic Back Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Back Pain.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Backpack Safety.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 13, 2016

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