Misdiagnosis of Underlying Causes of Back pain

About underlying conditions: With a diagnosis of Back pain, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Back pain. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Back pain. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis

Underlying conditions list: The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Back pain includes:

Back pain as a complication: Other conditions that might have Back pain as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Back pain as a complication includes:

Back pain as a symptom: Conditions listing Back pain as a symptom may also be potential underlying conditions:

Underlying conditions discussion: Many cases of back pain are caused by stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. Sedentary jobs and lifestyles may create a vulnerability to this type of stress or damage. Obesity, which increases both the weight on the spine and the pressure on the discs, is another factor. Strenuous sports such as football and gymnastics can also damage the back. 1

1. excerpt from NINDS Back Pain Information Page: NINDS

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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