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Back pain. Abstract computer artwork of back pain showing radiating circles coming from a spine (blue) on a background of a close-up of the vertebrae. Back pain, usually occuring as lumbago (lower back pain), is very common. It is usually caused by strain to soft tissues (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 towards late pregnancy. Treatment includes rest and the use of painkilling and anti-inflammatory drugs.
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