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Most back injuries are caused by lifting or twisting and are not
serious. Minor injuries can also result from overuse of the muscles and
ligaments in the back. Back pain caused by a minor injury will usually go away
by itself within 1 to 4 weeks.
Moderate back injuries may result from tripping or falling short
distances. They frequently involve excessive twisting of the spine.
Severe back injuries are more likely to cause more serious problems.
Severe back injuries may be caused by:
Severe back injuries must be checked by a doctor right away.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Current as ofMay 27, 2016
Current as of:
May 27, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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