While back pain can be very painful and worrying, it is very common and rarely dangerous. A total of 84% of people worldwide will experience back pain during their lifetime. It is equally common across all age groups; from young to old and doesn’t get worse with age. Therefore, it should not be seen as a result of ageing or “wear and tear”. Commonly people recover reasonably quickly, and most will recover without the need for treatment. Some people experience repeated episodes of back pain which can be distressing, but again these are rarely dangerous.
Here is a link to a recent Irish Independent article about back pain and the myths surrounding it:
Source: Irish Independent (3rd Jan 2017)