Lower back pain is a very common symptom – up to 80% of us will experience it at some time – but fortunately in most cases it’s not serious and typically gets better on its own within a few weeks. In most people, the exact cause of low back pain can’t be found, and so is known as non-specific low back pain although things like a muscle or ligament strain are often the trigger for it happening.
Low back pain can often occur for no obvious reason – you can simply wake up with it or it can happen during the day out of the blue – but it can also occur after lifting a heavy object or moving awkwardly. Because non-specific back pain is sometimes called ‘simple’ back pain, it can be mistaken for very mild pain but although it can be mild it may also be severe too.
In the majority of cases, the lower back pain is typically on one side of your back and can spread down into the cheeks of your bottom or into your thighs. It’s often eased or helped by lying down flat, and made worse by moving, sneezing or coughing.
You can reduce your risk of making your low back pain worse or preventing it flaring up again, by maintaining a healthy weight, or losing weight if you’re overweight, giving up smoking if relevant, taking regular low-impact exercise and keeping your stress levels to a minimum. If your job or hobby involves regular lifting, make sure you learn how to do this properly to protect your back, as this can leave it prone to injury.
Less commonly, back pain can be attributed to a long-term cause, such as degenerative arthritis, a slipped disc, or a muscle strain or sprain. Thankfully rare, more serious causes include a fracture after an injury, an infection in the bone or disc, compression of the nerves in the lower back, an inflammatory condition or some cancers and we'll talk you through the signs to look out for.
If you develop low back pain, it's important to remember that it is very common, usually nothing serious and it usually gets better within a few weeks. However, it can be very painful and difficult to know how to manage until it gets better.
There are things you can do to treat your back pain yourself. Keep active: sitting or lying for long periods can actually make your pain worse and slow your recovery. Simple stretching exercises within your limits of discomfort can also help improve your symptoms. Simple painkiller medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen may help ease soreness so you can get some exercises done, or relieve it at the worst of times. Applying hot or cold packs can also help relieve symptoms.
This Health Kit contains a combination of drug-free alternatives to relieve muscular back pain
Phynova Joint and Muscle Pain Relief Tablets is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve backache, rheumatic or muscular pains, general aches and pains, exclusively based on long-standing use as traditional remedy. Contains Sigesbeckia.
Biofreeze provides long-lasting and fast-acting cold therapy pain, for sore muscles, backaches, sore joints and arthritis. It comes in a 118ml spray bottle that delivers uncompromised relief even when sprayed upside down, ideal for hard-to-reach areas.
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O.R.S are soluble hydration tablets are a specially formulated combination of glucose, salts and electrolytes and are suitable for people who lose excess fluid, athletes, and those who live in hot climates.
Some research suggests that maintaining hydration and proper fluid balance in the body can also help to reduce back pain. Our muscles around the spine and spinal discs are made to lose water and then rehydrate. If not enough water is available for the discs to absorb what they’ve lost, the discs begin to shrink and can’t function as they are supposed to, leading to pain and stiffness of the back muscles around them.
Most cases of back pain are nothing to worry about and will improve within a few weeks. However, there are certain circumstances when you should seek medical attention:
If you get back pain and you are under 18 or over 50 years old, or your back pain wakes you up from sleep then you should request an urgent appointment with your doctor.
If your back pain has no concerning features, then a routine appointment with your doctor is reasonable. Your doctor may refer you to a physiotherapist for more specialist management or give you stronger painkillers than those available without prescription. Only rarely does simple low back pain require referral to a specialist for further investigation and treatment.
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