Backaches and stress

Alternative names
Stress and backaches


Can stress cause backaches?

Stress can make you more susceptible to getting a backache. Similary, reducing stress can help you recovery more quickly from a back injury. But, be careful not to blame back pain on stress because you may be overlooking a serious cause.

It is important to see a doctor right away if:

  • Your back pain radiates to the buttocks, arms or legs.  
  • You have weakness or numbness in your arms or legs.  
  • You have any loss of bladder or bowel control.  
  • The pain wakes you up from sleep.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Harutyun Medina, M.D.

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