What causes mechanical back pain?

Updated: Aug 27, 2020
  • Author: Debra G Perina, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Many causes of mechanical low back pain exist. The most common causes are age-related degenerative disc and facet processes and muscle- or ligament-related injuries. Discussion in this article is limited to musculoskeletal causes. These can be divided into nerve root syndromes, musculoskeletal pain syndromes, and skeletal causes.


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