Pain in the lower back is particularly common although it can be felt anywhere along the spine from the neck down to the hips in most cases the pain isn’t caused by anything serious and will usually get better over time there are things you can do to help relieve it but sometimes the pain can last a long time or keep coming back hey guys dr. John from health beauty.
Today going to show you back pain is very common and normally improves within a few weeks or months if you want more tips about health beauty and weight loss subscribe now the tips may help reduce your backache and speed up your recovery stay as active as possible and try to continue your daily activities this is one of the most important things you can do as resting for long periods is likely to make the pain worse try exercises and stretches for back pain other activities such as walking and swimming yoga.
Pilates will also be helpful take anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen remember to check the medicine is safe for you to take first and ask a pharmacist if you’re not sure use hot or cold compression packs for short-term relief.
You can buy these from coat and a cloth will work just as well although it can be difficult it helps if you stay optimistic and recognize that your pain should get better as people who manage to stay positive despite their pain tend to recover quicker getting help and advice back pain usually gets better on its own within a few weeks or months.
You may not need to see a doctor or other healthcare professional but it’s a good idea to get help if the pain doesn’t start to improve within a few weeks the pain stops at doing your day-to-day activities the pain is very severe or gets for a silver time you’re worried about the pain or are struggling to cope you can see your GP who will ask about your symptoms examine your back and discuss possible treatments.
They may refer you to a specialist doctor or physio therapist for further help alternatively you may want to consider approaching a physiotherapist directly some NHS physiotherapists accept appointments without a doctor’s referral or you can choose to pay for private treatment treatments from a specialist your GP specialist or physiotherapy apostasy recommend extra treatments.
If they don’t think your pain will improve with self-help measures alone these may include group exercise classes where you’re taught exercises to strengthen your muscles and improve your posture manual therapy treatments such as manipulating the spine and massage usually carried out by physiotherapists chiropractors orosteo paths psychological support such as cognitive behavioral therapy the CVT -this can be used for part of treatment if you’re struggling to cope with the pain some people chose to see a therapist for manual therapy without seeing their GP first if you want to do this.
You’ll usually need to pay for private treatment surgery is generally only considered in the small number of cases where back pain is caused by a specific medical condition causes of back pain often it’s not possible to identify the cause of back pain doctors call this nonspecific back pain sometimes the pain may be a result of an injury such as a sprain or strain but often it occurs for no apparent reason
it’s very rarely caused by anything serious occasionally back pain can be due to a medical condition such as a slip prolapsed disc where a disc of cartilage in the spine presses on a nearby nerve sciatica irritation of the nerve that runs from the pelvis to defeat these conditions tend to cause additional symptoms such as numbness weakness or a tingling sensation.
Treated differently to nonspecific back pain preventing back pain it’s difficult to prevent back pain but the following tips may help reduce your risk do regular back exercises and stretches your GP or physiotherapist may be able to advise you about exercises to try stay active during regular exercise can help keep your back strong adults are advised to do 115 minutes of exercise a week avoid sitting for too long when driving or at work take care.
When lifting read some safe lifting tips check your posture when sitting using computers and watching television find out how to sit correctly and tips for laptop users ensure the mattress on your bed supports you properly lose weight through a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise if you’re overweight being overweight can increase your risk of developing backpain.
When to get immediate medical advice numbness or tingling around your genitals or buttocks difficulty peeing loss of bladder or bowel control chest pain a high temperature fever of 38 C 100.4 F or above unexplained weight loss a swelling or a deformity in your back it doesn’t improve after resting or it’s worse at night it started after a serious accident such as after a car accident these problems can be a sign of something more serious and need to be checked urgently.