Most back problems start for no obvious reason, which can be very frustrating. The spine is strong and back problems are rarely due to any serious disease or damage.
Back problems can cause a range of symptoms, including:
You may also get pins and needles – this can be due to nerve irritation.
You don’t normally need to see a healthcare professional. New or flare-up of longstanding back problems should begin to settle within 6 weeks.
For most back pain problems, you’ll not normally need an X-ray or MRI scan.
Although most back problems start for no obvious reason, back pain can be caused by:
Your back problem may cause hot, burning, shooting, or stabbing pains into one or both of your legs. You may also get pins and needles – this can be due to nerve irritation.
Keeping active is an essential part of your treatment and recovery and is the single best thing you can do for your health. Exercising can really help your back and reduce the pain you feel.
Try not to:
If you have to sit or rest, try to change positions regularly and find one that reduces any pain in your back or legs.
Being physically active throughout your recovery can:
It’s recommended you stay at or return to work as quickly as possible during your recovery. You don’t need to be pain and symptom-free to return to work.
More about keeping active
The following can help to reduce the pain:
Speak to your community pharmacist or other healthcare professional about taking medication. It’s important to take medication regularly.
More about taking painkillers
It’s easy to start worrying about all the possible things that could be wrong, but research has shown that most back pain settles with time. Keeping as active as possible helps you to cope better and recover more quickly.
Although your posture doesn’t need to be perfect, resting in poor positions can affect your back problem. Try and move often so you don’t get stuck in a poor position for long.
If you experience any of the following, phone the 111 service as soon as possible:
If you experience any of the following, speak to your GP as soon as possible:
If, after following the above advice, your back problem hasn’t improved within 6 weeks a referral to a physiotherapist may be of benefit.
More more information go to: https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Back-pain/