Back pain

Introduction

Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some time in their lives but is rarely due to any serious disease or damage.

Sore backs can be limiting at first, but it is still possible to do most normal activities without putting additional strain on the back.

Staying active and continuing ordinary activities as normally as possible will help you with improved coping and faster recovery, even if you have to modify these at first.

In most cases, the back will heal itself and staying active and continuing with your usual activities will normally promote healing. However, in severe and persistent cases it is important to seek medical advice so that a correct diagnosis can be reached and appropriate treatment given, as treatment may depend on the underlying cause in some cases.

For more information on back pain please visit the Musculoskeletal Zone

Last updated: 18 April 2013

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