Back pain is very common and has many different causes; approximately 23% of adults live with lower back pain that lasts for at least 3 months.1 In most cases, the pain is mechanical, but approximately 3% of adults, suffer from inflammatory back pain.2 Although there are other types of chronic back pain, this website focuses on inflammatory back pain and how it is different from mechanical back pain.
Although they can feel similar to one another, chronic mechanical and inflammatory back pain have different causes and may need to be managed differently.
It’s important to understand which type of back pain you have as early as possible, so that it can be managed appropriately. Don’t live with your pain because you think it will eventually disappear. Many people delay getting the right diagnosis. The longer you have untreated inflammatory back pain, the greater the possibility of long-term damage, as well as the negative impact that the pain can have on your everyday life.
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Mechanical back pain is the most common form of back pain. This type of back pain is often due to heavy lifting, strain or sports injuries, which cause damage to the bones and surrounding structures that form your spine. A proper diagnosis and treatment plan from your doctor can help to manage symptoms over time.LEARN MORE