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  • Writer's pictureAdam Mufti

Low Back Pain

Updated: May 21, 2021

Low back pain can be a debilitating and often worrying issue. It can stop you living your life to its fullest and darken your day.

It's important to understand the reason for your back pain. Most people will have some back pain in their lifetime.

For some, it may be normal age related changes around the vertebrae in the spine. For others, it may be disc bulges or muscular imbalances and weaknesses that result in increased load through the vertebrae and surrounding structures

There is a number of ways to manage the early onset of low back pain.

  1. Heat

  2. Relative rest - this means no running or excessive sports.

  3. Keep moving within reason. Don't avoid movements.

  4. Gradual return to sport or other activities.

  5. Seek help when you need it!

If symptoms persist for more than a few days, seek advice and help from a qualified physiotherapist or doctor.

If you begin to experience any of the following with your back pain, urgently attend A&E within 4 hours of onset of symptoms:

  1. Reduction in sensation around your anus, vagina or penis

  2. Urinary incontinence or retention

  3. Faecal incontinence (bowel)

  4. Numbness in both feet or legs.

  5. Foot drop or weakness in both legs.

This blog is not aimed to be a substitute for immediate or urgent medical care. Should you experience any of these symptoms, you must attend A&E or call 111 for further advice.

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