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. Ankylosing spondylitis
  2. Meralgia paresthetica
  3. Herniated disk
  4. Kidney infection
  5. Osteoarthritis
  6. Osteoporosis
  7. Paget's disease of bone
  8. Poor posture
  9. Pregnancy
  10. Rheumatoid arthritis
  11. Sacroiliitis
  12. Scoliosis
  13. Spinal fractures
  14. Spinal stenosis

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