Back pain is a common symptom and can be seen in a variety of diseases. Back pain can range from a dull pain to a sudden and sharp pain. This pain can persist for a few days, being acute pain. If it continues for more than a few months it is considered chronic pain. In many circumstances the pain will subside without any intervention.
Pain in the spine can be mechanical or inflammatory and persisting back pain should trigger specialist referral. If the pain is experienced at night, associated with significant morning stiffness, night sweats, loss of weight or problems with sensation, movement or bladder and bowel disturbance please seek urgent medical opinion.
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