Three out of four people did not seek advice about musculoskeletal problems and thought they needed a GP referral to see a physiotherapist. They also thought that bed rest was the best remedy.
We have some information that may help you if you are suffering from back pain.
Pain can be
triggered by bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly, or lift
Back pain is not generally caused by a serious condition and usually gets better within 12 weeks.
Backache is most common in the lower back, although can be felt anywhere along your spine from your neck down to your hips.
Treating back pain – You should try remain as active as possible and continue your daily activities if you can. In the past doctors recommended rest but experts now agree that being inactive for long periods is bad for your back. Walking or doing everyday tasks will help your recovery.
You can take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen and hot/cold compression packs may help too.
Some people choose to have manual therapy, such as physiotherapy as soon as the pain starts.
For back pain that lasts more than 6 weeks (which doctors describe as chronic) treatment typically involves a combination of painkillers and either acupuncture, exercise classes or manual therapy.
You need to see your GP if you are worried about your back or you are finding it difficult to cope with the pain. You should seek immediate medical help if your back pain is accompanied by: fever, unexplained weight loss, swelling in the back, constant pain that doesn’t ease after lying down, pain in your chest or high up in your back, pain down your legs and below the knees, loss of bladder or bowel control, inability to pass urine, numbness around your genitals, buttocks or back passage, pain that is worse at night.
Preventing back pain-Try to avoid placing too much pressure on your back and ensure your back is strong and supple. Regular exercise, such as walking and swimming is an excellent way of preventing back pain. Activities such as yoga or Pilates can improve your flexibility and strengthen your back muscles.