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The most common type of back pain is mechanical back pain.1 People with mechanical back pain often describe it as “throbbing” or “aching”.They can also find that their pain gets worse with movement and gets better with rest.2

Mechanical back pain can impact many aspects of your life, and is often caused by a strain or an injury; however, it’s essential to get a correct diagnosis as early as you can.2

You can read more about common features of mechanical back pain below, or take our 5-question Symptom Checker to assess the likelihood of whether your back pain is inflammatory. 

COMMON FEATURES OF MECHANICAL BACK PAIN:1,2

  • Can begin at any age
  • Pain is usually not associated with morning stiffness, or stiffness lasts less than 30 minutes
  • Symptoms often improve with rest
  • Variable onset, may develop quickly
  • Pain is usually associated with injury or strain.
  • Pain can be described as "throbbing" or "aching"
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SYMPTOM CHECKER

If you have had back pain for more than 3 months, check the symptoms of your back pain here. The results can help you and your doctor understand if your back pain could be inflammatory.

REFERENCES

  1.  Cohen SP, et al. Management of low back pain. BMJ. 2008;337:a2167.2
  2. National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS). Differentiating inflammatory and mechanical back pain. 2015.