Doctors call back pain non-specific if it’s not possible to identify the cause of pain. Sometimes the pain on the back is caused by sprain and strain, but often it occurs for no apparent reason. It’s very rarely caused by anything serious.
This type of back pain:
- tends to get better or worse depending on your position – for example, it may feel better when sitting or lying down,
- can develop suddenly or gradually,
- might sometimes be the result of poor posture or lifting something awkwardly, but often occurs for non apparent reason,
- typically feels worse when moving – but it’s not a good idea to avoid moving your back completely, as this can make things worse,
- may be due to minor injury such as sprain (pulled ligament) or strain (pulled muscle)
- can be associated with feeling stressed or run down,
- will usually start to get better within few weeks.