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Back pain. Elderly woman holding her back due to pain. The pain has been caused by her bending down to do some gardening. Back pain, usually occurring 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. Back pain is caused by lifting heavy objects, spending long periods sitting in one position or extended periods of bending down. Treatment includes rest and the use of painkilling and anti-inflammatory drugs.
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