There are various areas of the back that usually flare up with back pain. These include upper back pain, middle back pain, lower back pain, and lower back pain with sciatica (leg pain and numbness).
Chronic Back Pain
Medically speaking, back pain is considered "chronic" when it lasts for more than 3 months, as opposed to pain that may last for a few days to a few weeks, usually due to an injury. Chronic back pain is not a complete diagnosis in itself, but it is a sign that there is a more serious condition or disease that needs to be addressed to fully resolve the pain symptoms.
Chronic back pain often affects those in middle age and is commonly a result of an injury or strain that never properly healed. It can also be related to the gradual degeneration of the joints and discs or loss of bone strength or muscle elasticity, which is sometimes accelerated by a sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise. Specific conditions and injuries may cause chronic back pain. These include: