Approximately 80% of the global population suffers with back pain intermittently throughout their lives. The lower back is by far the area most often affected.
Lower back pain often feels like tension, soreness or stiffness in the space between the bottom of the rib cage and the buttock creases, but it may also extend to the back of the thighs.
Lower back pain has numerous underlying causes and can be ‘acute’ (by which we mean it comes on very suddenly) due to injury (e.g. from lifting). Alternatively, it may develop more slowly over a period of time. Some low back pain resolves itself quickly, but it is common for ‘chronic’ back pain to last for months – or even years!