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Back pain. Computer-enhanced image of a man holding his lower back in pain. The pain is represented by the glowing orange area. Lower back pain, or lumbago, affects most people at some stage of their lives. It is commonly caused by strain, resulting in temporary injury to soft tissues (such as tendons, muscles and ligaments) around bones of the spine. People who lift heavy objects, or those who spend long periods sitting in one position, are most likely to suffer from back pain. Treatment includes correcting the posture used when resting or lifting objects, and taking painkillers.
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