Back pain is very common and normaly improves within a few weeks or months.Pain in the lower back (lumbago) is particularly common, although it canbe felt anyplace along the spine – from the neck down to the hips.
In most cases the pain is not caused by something 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.
How to relieve back pain
The following 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 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; alternative activities like walking, swimming, yoga and pilates may additionally be useful 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 relief – you can buy these from your local pharmacy, or a hot water bottle and a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth will work just as well Although it will be tough, it helps if you keep optimistic and recognise that your pain should get better, as people who manage to stay positive despite their pain tend to recover quicker.
Getting help and recommendation
Back pain usually gets better on its own within a few weeks or months and you may not need to see a doctor or other healthcare professional.But it is a smart idea to get help if:
the pain does not start to improve within a few weeks
the pain stops you doing your day-after-day activities
the pain is very severe or gets worse over 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 a physiotherapist for further help.Alternatively, you may want to consider approaching a physiotherapist directly. Some NHS physiotherapists accept appointments while not a doctor's referral, or you could choose to pay for private treatment.