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Backpain

Pain in the lower back is particularly common, although it can be felt anywhere along the spine. In most cases the pain is not 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.

Back

Common Symptoms

  • Muscle aches
  • Shooting, burning or stabbing sensations
  • Radiating pain
  • Pain that worsens with bending, twisting, lifting, standing or walking

Treatment at home

  • Stay active and try to continue daily activity – resting for long periods may make the pain worse
  • Try stretches for back pain; walking swimming yoga and pilates may also help
  • Take anti-inflammatory pain killers (ask your pharmacist)
  • Use hot or cold compression packs for short term relief

When should I book a GP?

  • The pain does not begin to improve in a few weeks
  • The pain stops you from doing day to day activity
  • The pain is severe or gets worse over time
  • You are struggling to cope with the pain

 

Seek urgent medical review if:

  • There’s a change to the function of your bladder or bowels
  • You feel a new weakness/ numbness in your legs
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