Both can develop suddenly or gradually but usually get better within a few weeks.
Back pain can be caused by a minor injury, such as a sprain or strain.
Sometimes you can get this type of back pain from feeling stressed or run down.
However, there are medical conditions that can cause back pain such as a slipped disc, sciatica, ankylosing spondylitis, and spondylolisthesis.
These conditions are treated differently to non-specific back pain, and could become a serious problem.