Back pain affects eight out of ten people at some point during their lives and is one of the most common health problems besides headache. Symptoms may be sharp pain, pain that makes movement difficult and stiffness. Initially, pain may be so severe that you fear something has broken.
Back sprain or strain is a common cause of spine pain. This means you may have overworked or over-stretched (hyperflexion, hyperextension) a spinal muscle, tendon or ligament. While most cases of back pain resolve without medical treatment, some symptoms suggest seeking a doctor’s help.
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Formerly St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Hospital in Manhattan
Formerly Lenox Hill Hospital