All about back pain
Back pain is a very common condition for people of all ages. In most cases it will resolve itself within a few weeks or months, however some people can have life long back pain symptoms. The pain can be felt at any point in the back and can occur for a number of different reasons.
There are a number of different ways to treat and relieve back pain, but there are also different measures that you should take to reduce the risk of it returning.
· Stay fit and healthy
· Improve your posture
· Know your limit- don’t perform over strenuous activates.
· Maintain an active lifestyle and stretch your back daily. Simple activities such as walking, running, stretching, swimming, yoga and Pilates can help to improve the health of your back.
· Take pain relief, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen
· Use compressors, both hot and cold, in the affected area
· Ensure that you have a supportive mattress
If you have tried these methods and you are still experiencing pain that is worsening or starting to affect your quality of life, then it may be a good idea to see your GP. Your GP will examine you and talk through your medical history to see if there are any therapies that could help your symptoms. You may also be asked to have scans such as X-ray or MRI to check if there are any visible causes of the pain.
The cause of back pain differs with every case but they are also very non-specific. It can be as a result of straining or injury, an accident or simply not having an active life style. But it may also be caused by a medical condition such as a slipped disc or even sciatica. If you have one of these conditions it is likely that you will be experiencing more than just back pain. You may experience tingling, weakness, numbness or pain that radiated down your arms or legs.
It is important to seek urgent medical advice if you have these symptoms:
· Numbness or tingling around the genitals or buttock area
· Bladder or bowel incontinence (loss of control)
· High temperature
· Chest pain
· Swelling or abnormalities in the back
· If you have been in a serious accident
· If your pain is getting significantly worse
We see patient with all different kinds of back pain related to different problems and conditions. Although back pain is common, the cause may be due to an underlying issue that you may not be aware of. If your symptoms are getting in the way of your day to day life and are not improving, then it is a good idea to get a second opinion. Contact us to get an appointment and find out a diagnosis that will get you the help you need.
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.