Back pain (also known as "dorsalgia") is pain felt in the back that usually originates from themuscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine.

The pain can often be divided into neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain or tailbone pain. It may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may be radiate into the arm and hand), in the upper back, or in the low back, (and might radiate into the leg or foot), and may include symptoms other than pain, such as weakness, numbness or tingling.

Back pain is one of humanity's most frequent complaints. In the U.S., acute low back pain (also called lumbago) is the fifth most common reason for physician visits. About nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of ten working adults have back pain every year.

The spine is a complex interconnecting network of nerves, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and all are capable of producing pain. Large nerves that originate in the spine and go to the legs and arms can make pain radiate to the extremities.

The Best Exercises One Can Perform At Home To Help Ease Back Pain

Back pain is characterized by either a dull ache or a sharp and searing pain. Four in five adults have been known to suffer from back pain at least once in their lives. If you are among those with this problem, you would want to know the best home exercise that can help ease the pain.

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A new study published this week found yoga can cure back pain as effectively as physical therapy. We take a look at some of the yoga poses which will help in treating chronic lower back pain.

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