It happened again. Whether you were doing something as mild as getting up from the sofa to putting on pants, your back is acting up. Now you can barely walk, let alone stand up for more than five seconds without crumpling to the ground. Back pain is very common, affecting millions of people around the world. What should you do?

Here is something that you should NOT do: search for your symptoms on the Internet. It can be ridiculously easy to have your anxiety and worry spike even more when you input them in the search bar – you may think that you have an incurable disease when it turns out that it is the exact opposite.

When it comes to these things, if you are not absolutely sure, seek a doctor’s opinion. Especially if the pain is really bad.

This is a base guideline to look to when you have back pain – though it does not replace a doctor.

How do I know if my back pain is serious? 

There are several things to look out for. The first thing is that if it doesn’t improve over the course of several days or it worsens. The pain may radiate down one or both legs. You have pain from walking. The most serious signs are if it causes problems with your bladder or bowel movements, you have a fever, or if you have had a fall or a blow to your back. That is when you need to seek medical attention.

What is the most common cause of back pain?

There are a lot of things that can result in your having back pain. It can be a result of your lifting weights without the correct form. You may have lifted a package from the floor without bending your knees and keeping your back straight. If you sit for a long period of time without occasionally getting up and walking around, that can be a factor. Your sleeping form can play a part.

If it doesn’t seem like any of the above are a cause, then it may be due to an underlying medical condition,