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Diagnosing and Understanding Back Pain

Back pain can be uncomfortable and affect the quality of your daily life. The truth is, back pain is quite complex with symptoms that can vary from one person to another. That’s why we’re here to help get to the bottom of your back pain and provide some suggestions for relief!

Causes & Symptoms of Back Pain

Back pain can occur in two parts of your back: upper and lower. Upper back pain focuses on the shoulders and neck, whereas lower back pain occurs in the low back, pelvis and hips.

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Common causes of back pain

Upper back pain can result from an injury, or it may be the result of daily use or exertion. Some people suffer from upper back pain simply due to poor posture or bad habits.1

What can cause pain in your lower back?

It is usually the result of stressing the muscle in some way, such as trying to lift something that is too heavy for you, or it can be due to a trauma or accident.

What are the symptoms of back pain?

If you’re suffering from back pain, you may also experience other unpleasant symptoms that can include burning, tightness, numbness, and tingling. The most common symptoms are2:

  • Pain in the back, which can range from minor to severe
  • Muscle stiffness and spasms
  • Tightness in back muscles, which may limit mobility
  • Swelling

What kinds of back pain exist?

Many people don’t realize that there are three possible kinds of pain. Doctors call this axial, referred and radicular back pain3, but you can just think of them as sharp pain, dull pain and deep pain.

Sharp pain

Have you ever felt a dullness or sharpness that occurs in the lower back? This kind of pain can be a quick episode, or can last a longer time. It usually doesn’t travel to other parts of the body and tends to get better relatively quickly.

Dull pain

Does your pain feel achy and like it is moving to different parts of your body? This type of dull pain often starts in the low back and then will spread to other areas such as the buttocks, thighs or groin area.

Deep pain

Is the pain in your back intense with weakness or numbness in your lower extremities? This type of back pain will feel like it is stemming from deep in the back, and can be quite painful. Sometimes this happens as a result of an injury to the spinal nerves.

The unpleasant feelings associated with back pain can be treated. Over‐the‐counter remedies such as MOTRIN® Liquid Gels or MOTRIN® Platinum Muscle and Body are both effective ways to find relief from your symptoms. Both contain ibuprofen, which can stop inflammation pain at the source. MOTRIN® Platinum Muscle and Body also pairs ibuprofen with a muscle relaxant called methocarbamol, which targets body pain and spasms by relaxing your tense muscles.

With MOTRIN®, you can forget about your back pain and start feeling better.

This information does not constitute a diagnosis of any medical condition or medical advice. Do not substitute this information for medical advice. Always consult your physician or health care provider if you have medical or health questions or concerns. To be sure if these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.


MOTRIN® Platinum Muscle & Body Caplets

Works in two ways to relieve back pain, and relax tense muscles.

Adult Dosing Charts

Follow these dosing directions for MOTRIN® Tablets,  MOTRIN® Liquid Gels, MOTRIN® Platinum Muscle & Body Caplets.