Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Low Back Pain
Based on your answers, some of the more likely causes of your back pain include
degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis)
polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)
a viral infection (as in the aches and pains of having the flu)
a muscle strain
a compression fracture (related to osteoporosis).
Even with this long list, there are other possibilities as well.
While over-the-counter pain medicines, rest and heat may be helpful, it is important that you see a physician to evaluate these symptoms.