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Back pain. Computer-generated abstract artwork of back pain in a woman. Pain in the back is very common. It is usually caused by strain, which injures soft tissues (such as muscles, tendons and ligaments) around the bones of the spine. People most likely to suffer from back pain are those whose work involves heavy lifting, or those who spend long periods sitting in one position. Treatment includes change of resting posture and taking painkilling drugs. If the pain persists or is very severe it may indicate a more serious underlying disorder, such as osteoarthritis, slipped disc, fracture or bone cancer.
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