Causes

It's not always possible to identify the cause of back pain but it's rarely anything serious.

Most back pain is what's known as "non-specific" (there's no obvious cause) or "mechanical" (the pain originates from the joints, bones or soft tissues in and around the spine).

This type of back pain:

Conditions that can cause back pain include:

These conditions are treated differently to non-specific back pain.

Very rarely, back pain can be a sign of a serious problem such as:

If you see a GP with back pain, they'll look for signs of these.