Anyone can get back pain at any age, but itÂ’s most common in people between the ages of 35 and 55, or over.
Your back has many interconnecting structures, including bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Its main support structure is the spine, which is made up of 24 separate bones called vertebrae, plus the bones of the sacrum and coccyx.
Between the vertebrae are discs that act as shock absorbers and allow your spine to bend. Your spinal cord threads down through the central canal of each vertebra, carrying nerves from your brain to the rest of your body.
If you have low back pain, you may have tension, soreness or stiffness in your lower back area. This pain is often referred to as Â‘non-specificÂ’ back pain and usually improves on its own within a few days.
You should see a doctor as soon as possible if, as well as back pain, you have:
These symptoms are known as red flags. ItÂ’s important to seek medical help for these symptoms to ensure you donÂ’t have a more serious, underlying cause for your back pain.