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When you develop lower back pain out of the blue, it can be hard to know what to do about it. One day you can be pain free and moving normally, and the next day, pain in the lower back can be a major problem. Here are a few tips to help get you moving, and feeling better.
Although it may be tempting to stay in bed for a few days, this is a hindrance rather than a help. It is certainly important to avoid things that make your back pain worse for a few days. However, exercise, and returning to normal activities as soon as possible, can actually help recovery. If needed, medication can be taken to help manage your pain. You may like to get advice from your pharmacist about taking paracetamol or anti-inflammatory medication.
So what can physiotherapy do for you? Your chartered physiotherapist can advise you on things that can help speed up your recovery. Exercise can improve your low back pain and allow you to move easier. Advice about your posture and ergonomics can be really important to reduce the stresses and strain on the tissues of your lower back. Manual therapy to loosen stiff joints can help restore normal movement to the joints of the back.
Many people wonder if a visit to the GP is needed for pain in the lower back. If your pain is very severe the GP can prescribe stronger medication if needed. Also you should visit the GP if you have any of the following symptoms: trouble urinating, unexplained weight loss, fever, loss of sensation around the groin, between the legs or in the buttocks.
Often the thought of back pain coming back can be very worrying! The majority of people with low back pain make a full recovery, within a matter of weeks, with correct management. Although back pain can reoccur, some steps could help to prevent these episodes. Gentle aerobic exercise such as walking and swimming can help maintain a healthy back. More specific core strengthening can target the muscles that support the lower back. When your pain has resolved a functional screen can help identify your risk of future injury. Contact us now to enquire about Pilates classes and functional screening.
For more information check out this patient information leaflet.