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What is acute low back pain (LBP)?

Acute low back pain (LBP) is lower back pain that has been present for at least six weeks. It may be experienced as aching, burning, stabbing, sharp or dull, well-defined or vague. The intensity may range from mild to severe and can fluctuate. The pain may radiate into one or both buttocks or even down into the thigh/hip area.

Low back pain may start after strenuous activity or a jarring trauma, but is often unrelated to any specific activity. The pain may begin suddenly or develop gradually. At least 80 percent of us will suffer a significant episode of LBP at some point in our lives. In fact, studies show at any given time, some 15 percent of individuals report that they are experiencing LBP. Some consider lower back pain to be a normal part of being human.

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