In aid of Back Awareness week here’s 4 facts to help you look after your back!
1. Your back is stronger than you may think
Most people all over the world will experience back pain during their life. It can be disabling and worrying but it is very common and rarely dangerous.
The spine is a strong, stable structure and not easily damaged so in most instances it is a simple sprain or strain. In these cases, 98 per cent, (according to research data) people recover reasonably quickly. Let your physio guide your recovery.
You rarely need a scan and it can do more harm than good. This is because seeing perfectly normal changes to their spine can cause people to avoid the activities they should be doing to get better, such as exercise and movement in general.
2. You should not fear bending or lifting
Bending and lifting are often portrayed as causes of back pain and while an injury can occur if something is picked up in an awkward or unaccustomed way, it’s most likely to just be a sprain or strain. The important thing is to practice and get your body used to carrying different loads and weights in a way we find comfortable and efficient.
Exercise and activity reduce and prevent back pain.
Exercise is shown to be very helpful for tackling back pain and is also the most effective strategy to prevent future episodes.
3. Painkillers will not speed up your recovery
There is no strong evidence on the benefits of painkillers and they do not speed up recovery.
They should only be used in conjunction with other measures, such as exercise, and even then just as a short-term option as they can bring side effects.
Exercise, guided by a qualified professional, is safer and cheaper, is considered the preferred option.
4. Surgery is rarely needed
On average, the results for back surgery are no better in the medium and long term than non-surgical interventions, such as exercise.
So a non-surgical option, which includes exercise and activity, should always come first.
Physiotherapists provide expert advice, guidance and treatment for back pain.
This is to help reduce your chances of future episodes, while improving your overall health and wellbeing.
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