ALFRED PASIEKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALFRED PASIEKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Back pain. Conceptual computer artwork of a man with back pain. The vertebrae of the spine can be seen, as can the bones of the pelvis (bottom centre). The pink streak represents pain. Back pain is a very common complaint, which most often affects the lumbar (lower) region of the back. The pain is due to damage, most often a strain, to the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) surrounding the vertebrae. Treatment is rest and painkillers.
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