Back pain is a common condition and in the UK, it is the largest cause of work-related absence. Back pain can be very uncomfortable, but it is not usually serious.

Back pain can affect anyone, regardless of age, but it is more common in people who are between 35 and 55 years of age.

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain, also known as lumbago, affects seven out of 10 people at some time in their lives. Lower back pain is a pain or aches on your back, in between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your legs.

In most cases of back pain your back will heal itself, and staying active and continuing with your usual activities will normally promote healing. Back pain will usually last from a few days to a few weeks. Pain that lasts longer usually clears up after about six weeks.

However, in severe and persistent cases of back pain, it is important to seek medical advice so that a correct diagnosis can be reached and appropriate treatment given.

Treatment for Lower Back Pain

There are several different treatments and your Pharmacist or GP can help you make your choice. These include:

  • Heat Wrap Therapy: Pass low-level heat into the skin to relax muscles, lower inflammation and reduce pain
  • Tens machine: Battery operated device to stimulate nerves to block pain
  • Posture & Exercises
  • Massage: Alleviates pain by helping the body release natural painkillers
  • Painkillers: Designed to stop pain signals reaching the brain
  • Ibuprofen & Aspirin: Tablets, spray or rubs to reduce pain and inflammation

Ask your pharmacist or doctor for further advice.

Michael Hingley
Superintendent pharmacist

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