A common cause of back pain is injury to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain). Strains and sprains can occur for many reasons, including improper lifting, poor posture and lack of regular exercise. Being overweight may increase your risk of strains and sprains affecting your back.

Back pain can also result from more-serious injuries, such as a vertebral fracture or ruptured disk; from arthritis and other age-related changes in your spine; and from certain infections.

Possible causes of back pain include:

  1. Muscle strains
  2. Fibromyalgia
  3. Herniated disk
  4. Kidney infection
  5. Obesity
  6. Osteoarthritis
  7. Osteomyelitis
  8. Osteoporosis
  9. Paget's disease of bone
  10. Poor posture
  11. Pregnancy
  12. Rheumatoid arthritis
  13. Sacroiliitis
  14. Sciatica
  15. Scoliosis
  16. Spinal fractures
  17. Spinal stenosis
  18. Sprains and strains

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

June 23, 2015