- Lifting things that are too heavy, awkward, or using poor technique while lifting.
- Bending beyond a person’s level of flexibility.
- Spending long periods of time sitting in awkward positions
- Sleeping in a position that puts stress on the back.
- Overdoing it at the gym, golf course, sports field, or elsewhere.
- Dull aching pain
- Sudden shooting pain
- Tenderness in the lower back
- Pain lasts more than 72 hours.
- The pain makes it difficult to stand up straight.
- Pain worsens or never lets up.
- Bladder or bowel control becomes difficult.
- Pain when coughing or sneezing.
- Pain shoots down one of the legs. Sometimes back pain is related to a bulging disc or a ruptured disc. When a disc presses on the sciatic nerve, there may be pain shooting down one leg. This is called sciatica.