5 Facts...Sore Backs

1) Lower back pain is the most common type of back pain experienced. This is due to the lower back twisting and bending more than any other part of the back. It also bears the weight of the upper body.

2) Back pain is not always caused by an injury – in many cases, strains, fractures and disc problems are to blame, but a large number of back conditions are due to less obvious causes such as stress, low mood, anxiety and lack of sleep

3) It used to be thought that bed rest was the only way for people experiencing back pain to recover. It is now known that bed rest actually delays the healing process and that most damaged tissues repair faster when they’re used. You may not be able to do everything that you normally do without the pain but it is recommended that you try to remain as active as possible.

4) Scans like x-rays and MRIs don’t usually help in determining what’s causing back pain. Scans can be expensive and in most cases will not leave you any better off than someone who takes simple steps like applying heat, staying active and seeing a physio. However, if there are concerning symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, loss of feeling in the legs or if the pain gets worse, imaging may be appropriate.

5) Painkillers and anti-inflammatories can help to reduce back pain, but they only mask the symptoms and do not address the cause of pain.