About 80 percent of adults have back pain at some point, says the National Institutes of Health. Men and women both get back pain. It’s more common as you get older, and usually starts after age 30. Most back pain is in the lower back (lumbar spine).
Back pain usually:
- Happens slowly over time because of changes in the spine from aging.
- Starts suddenly after an accident or lifting something heavy the wrong way.
Rarely, back pain is caused by a serious problem like an infection or tumor.
Back pain usually goes away within a few weeks and often doesn’t need medical treatment.