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Back pain. Abstract artwork of the torso of a figure holding their head in their hand due to back pain. The area of pain is indicated by an arrow. Back pain is very common, usually being caused by strain to soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons or ligaments, around the bones of the spine. People likely to suffer back pain are those whose work involves heavy lifting, or those who spend long periods sitting in one position. Pregnant women commonly suffer from back pain during the later stages of pregnancy. Treatment includes rest and the use of painkilling drugs.
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