It is a pain felt in the back, that is often from the muscles, bones, nerves, joints and/or other structures in the spine. The spine is a complex network of joints, tendons, muscles, ligaments and nerves, all of which may produce pain if damaged. Nerves from the spine that extend downwards to the legs and arms can make pain radiate to the extremities. Back pain is one of humanity’s most frequent complaints. What Are the Symptoms of Back Pain? Almost all people have gone through a day with back pain in their lives. Back Pain comes from a myriad of causes, from serious physical accidents to the silliest of mishaps. Although most causes are different, the symptoms are often the same. Symptoms of back pain can include: Constant and continuous aching or stiffness anywhere along your spine or sharp pain in the lower back, neck, or upper back, especially when doing physical activities that put strain on the back. A pain that extends from the lower back to the buttock, and the inability to stand straight without having to endure sharp, jabbing pains along the spain. Pain in the upper back may also be a sign of cardiac arrest or other fatal conditions. Be sure to contact your doctor if… You feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs; this may signal damage to the spinal cord. A pain that extends along the back or a pain increases when you cough can be the sign of a herniated disc. If you begin to have problems controlling your bowels or bladder, it may be a good idea to contact a physician to help find the proper pain treatment before the condition worsens. Back pain can vary from just a nuisance during your daily activities to being a life threatening issue. It is best to avoid doing too much physical activities that put stress on the spine.