Back Pain

Updated 06 July 2015

What are the causes of back pain?

Among the possible causes are strains, sprains and injuries.

In about 85% of acute back pain cases, the exact cause cannot be identified. Among the possible causes are strains, sprains and injuries, often after making an abrupt movement or lifting a heavy object.

A sedentary lifestyle, obesity, joint problems, osteoarthritis and tumours in adjacent organs can also be the underlying cause of a backache.


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Susan qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990, and completed her master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Pretoria. She has a special interest in human biomechanics, as well as the interaction between domestic and work-related ergonomics.

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