Upper back pain: Usually caused by muscle strain, an injury to one of the discs in the upper back, being overweight or poor posture. Being stressed can also contribute because tension causes your neck muscles to contract.
Lower back pain: is often caused by muscle or ligament strain, lifting heavy objects or a sudden jerking movement.
Sciatic pain: This can be a pain, numbness or a tingling sensation in your lower back and down one of your legs, caused by irritation or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs.
Sudden pain: Some causes of back pain aren’t straightforward. Damaged organs, tumours and even problems with the reproductive system can be manifested with pain in the back.
Pain or stiffness in the morning: This could be wear and tear of spinal joints, often because of age or over use, and the stiffness gets worse with rest. Inflammation from a disc problem could also be a cause: the pain gets worse overnight, as swelling increases when you are lying still. Learn how to stop waking up with back pain here.
No matter what type of back pain you have, there are many ways to help reduce and limit it. Learn more about our top tips to reduce back pain here.