Back Pain

Updated 06 July 2015

What type of back pain is most common?

The most common site of back pain is the lower back.

Back pain can occur at any point along the spine, but the most common site is the lower back, also called the lumbar region.

This is because the lower part of the back bears the weight of the upper body plus any weight you are carrying. It also twists and bends more than the upper back does.


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