Causes of acute back pain

Mechanical back pain [top]

  • Acute back pain
  • Back pain and limited movement

Lumbar disc prolapse [top]

  • Sudden onset of back pain in association with minor trauma such as lifting or coughing acute back pain
  • Large anterior prolapse: Cauda equina syndrome - leg weakness, numbness of perineum, faecal incontinence, urinary retention
  • Posterior prolapse: Shooting pain radiating to thigh, calf 'sciatica'