Back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some point in their life.
It may be triggered by bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly. It’s not generally caused by a serious condition.
In most cases, back pain will improve in a few weeks or months, although some people experience long-term pain or pain that keeps coming back
Backache is most common in the lower back ('lumbago'), although it can be felt anywhere along your spine, from your neck down to your hips.
Sometimes, back pain can be caused by an injury or disease, such as:
a slipped disc – when one of the discs in the spine is damaged and presses on the nerves
sciatica – irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, which causes pain, numbness and tingling that travels down one leg
whiplash – neck injury caused by a sudden impact
frozen shoulder – inflammation around the shoulder that causes pain and stiffness
ankylosing spondylitis – a long-term condition that causes pain and stiffness where the spine meets the pelvis
How you sit, stand, lie and lift can all affect the health of your back.
Try to avoid placing too much pressure on your back and ensure it's 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.
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A full spinal assessment by a Liberty Physiotherapist will get to the root of the problem whilst also analysing your work or lifestyle. We’ll put together a complete physio programme, including spinal mobilisation or manipulation, and we can work together on personalised exercises you can do at home, as well as giving useful advice on your posture. Hydrotherapy can also bring relief from your pain.
Contact us and begin your recovery from back pain.