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About three in 4 people have one or more bouts of back pain. Most soon ease and are not due to serious back problems. In most cases the usual advice is to keep active, and do normal activities as much as possible. Painkillers are helpful until the pain eases. Chronic (persistent) pain develops in some cases, and further treatment may then be needed. If simple painkillers aren’t doing the trick then book to see a GP.
This fact sheet helps you to know what’s ‘normal’ and what you can expect to happen if yousuffer from back pain. It also tells you when you should become concerned and when it’s best to seek advice from a health professional.
About 8 in 10 people have one or more bouts of low back pain. In most cases, it is not due to a serious disease or serious back problem, and the exact cause of the pain is not clear. This is called nonspecific lower back pain. The usual advice is to keep active, and do normal activities as much as possible.
Chartered Institute of Physiotherapists - Busting myths and reinforcing what the latest evidence says is best for your back.
Lots of information on diagnosis, treatment and prevention including how to lift and handling awkward objects. Includes videos explaining how bad posture contributes to back pain, how to improve your health at work, and back stretches.
Some really good back exercises and information about current research
Explore this interactive guide to learn more about the different types of back pain, get advice on treatment and understand how to prevent back pain in the future.