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Back pain can have many causes, including an injury like a strain. Sometimes conditions like sciatica or a slipped disc can cause back pain.

Things you can do to ease back pain include staying active and continuing with daily activities, taking ibuprofen and doing exercises and stretches.

Treatments for back pain include medicines, group exercise, physiotherapy, massage and sometimes surgery.

Back pain, particularly lower back pain, is common and usually improves within a few weeks. There are things you can do to help ease the pain.

Page last reviewed: 09/06/2022
Next review due: 09/06/2025