What causes back pain?

More often than not, back pain cannot be linked to a direct cause and is labelled ‘non-specific’ back pain. Instead, it is more appropriately linked to lifestyle: for instance, sitting at a desk or driving for a prolonged amount of time without getting up and moving has become a key cause of back pain for many. Alternatively, back pain can be the result of an injury such as a strain or sprain.

Preventing back pain

Luckily, there are several ways to help prevent back pain. The biggest is to ensure that you stay active. The easiest way to do this is to involve regular movement in your daily routine. Simply get up every hour rather than sitting statically at your desk and take a short walk around your office to stretch your back, neck and legs.

When to seek medical advice?

Having back pain episodes can perhaps be considered a normal part of life. As we grow older they tend to be more frequent. However, it’s unusual for back pain to carry on longer than a couple of weeks, but if it does then you should seek medical advice. You should also see your GP if your back pain is stopping you from undertaking day to day activities, or if the pain is worsening. Physiotherapy advice is usually helpful in terms of maintaining the functioning of the back. Specialists at Pain Management Wales can provide comprehensive advice on activities/exercises to pursue, pain-killers to use and perform specific injections to help diagnose the cause of pain. In rare cases, surgery may be considered.

How to manage back pain

If you do suffer from back pain, there are several steps you can take to manage the pain and ensure a speedy recovery. The most effective ways are listed below:

    • Take anti-inflammatories to help the swelling
    • Try a few simple back and neck stretches
    • Use thermal packs to help relieve the muscles
    • Most importantly, stay positive! Optimism and time really are the greatest healers