Back Pain

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You should however see a doctor urgently or call 111 if you cannot pass water, get numbness around your back passage or if the pain goes down below your knee. This can represent a trapped nerve and may have to be treated urgently.

The information below, taken from NHS Choices, is comprehensive good advice.

If you have back pain, you should try to remain as active as possible and continue with your daily activities. In the past, doctors recommended rest for back pain, but most experts now agree that being inactive for long periods is bad for your back. Moderate activity, such as walking or doing everyday tasks, will help your recovery.

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, if you feel the need to. Hot or cold compress packs may also help reduce the pain. You can buy compression packs from your local pharmacy, or a bag of frozen vegetables and a hot water bottle will work just as well.

Your state of mind can also play an important role. Although it can be difficult to be cheerful if you are in pain, research has shown that people who remain positive tend to recover quicker than those who get depressed.

Some people choose to have manual therapy, such as physiotherapy or osteopathy, as soon as the pain starts. Private appointments cost around £40.

If your symptoms do not improve after 2-3 weeks you should also see a GP to consider Physiotherapy or other treatments.

For back pain that lasts more than six weeks (which doctors describe as chronic), treatment typically involves a combination of painkillers and either acupuncture, exercise classes or manual therapy.

Spinal surgery is usually only considered when all else has failed.