Your back is an intricate structure of bones, muscles, and other tissues extending from your neck to your pelvis. Back injuries can result from sports injuries, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident. The lower back is the most common site of back injuries and back pain. Common back injuries include

Sprains and strains
Herniated disks
Fractured vertebrae
These injuries can cause pain and limit your movement. Treatments vary but might include medicines, icing, bed rest, physical therapy or surgery. You might be able to prevent some back injuries by maintaining a healthy weight, lifting objects with your legs and using lower-back support when you sit.


Back Pain at Work: Preventing Aches, Pains and Injuries(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) -

Taking Care of Your Back(American Physical Therapy Association) - Links to PDF -

MRI of the Spine(American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America) -

Also available in Spanish


Back Surgery: When Is It a Good Idea?(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) -

Kyphoplasty(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) -

Spinal Fusion(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) -


Back Facts: A Training Workbook to Prevent Back Injuries in Nursing Homes(Occupational Safety and Health Administration) -

Lifting Safety: Tips To Help Prevent Back Injuries(American Academy of Family Physicians) -

Also available in Spanish

Specific Conditions

Facet Joint Syndrome(Cleveland Clinic Foundation) -

Fracture of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) -

Low Back Strain and Sprain(American Association of Neurological Surgeons) -

Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) -

Health Check Tools

Back Injury(DSHI Systems) -

Back Injury from Lifting(DSHI Systems) -


Kyphoplasty for Vertebral Compression Fractures(OR-Live) - One hour program - 4/19/2007 -

Clinical Trials Back Injuries(National Institutes of Health) -

Journal Articles

References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
Article: Health tips. Luggage without pain. -

Article: Occupational health nurses--the solution to absence management? -

Article: Evolving ergonomics? -

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Find an Orthopaedist(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) -

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons -
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases -

Also available in Spanish

Backpack Safety(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) -

You may also be interested in these MedlinePlus related pages:
Back Pain -

Herniated Disk -

Bones, Joints and Muscles -

Injuries and Wounds -

The primary NIH organization for research on Back Injuries is the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases -

Back Injuries - Multiple Languages -

Date last updated: July 15 2009
Topic last reviewed: July 02 2009
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