- Mild to severe pain that doesn’t go away
- Dull aching
- Sharp or stabbing pain
- Aching or burning pain
- Pain that extends to the legs, feet or hips
Causes and Risk Factors
The exact cause of pain may be difficult to identify because it can originate in soft tissue, bone, discs or nerves. People who smoke or work at jobs that require repetitive or heavy lifting or involve vibration from vehicles or industrial machinery are more likely to develop low back pain. Sports such as cross-country skiing, as can driving a vehicle for a long time can also cause back pain.
Diseases such as spinal osteoarthritis or spondylitis and compression fractures can also cause pain. These conditions are more prevalent in the elderly. Consequently, older people are at higher risk for back pain.