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Key facts about lower back pain

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Top Statistics and Key Facts about Back Pain

  • Back pain is reported by 80% of people at some time in their life
  • Back pain rarely means damage
  • Degenerative changes are a normal part of ageing
  • What you do about it is more important than what caused your back pain
  • Back pain is NOT harmful so keeping moving is recommended

What is back pain?

Back pain can be due to an imbalance and stiffness in the muscles surrounding your spine.

It can be due to moving awkwardly which then pulls a muscle or sprains a ligament.

Although back pain may be painful and uncomfortable, it is not usually serious.

Sciatica

Sometimes people get leg pain alongside lower back pain.

This pain if combined with numbness or tingling can be known as sciatica.

The sciatic nerve which comes from the back down the leg is irritated.

When to seek immediate medical care

If you lose bladder or bowel control.

If you have severe weakness in your leg and are unable to pull your foot up towards you.

What causes back pain?

Back pain has a wide variety of causes, from poor posture, to picking up a heavy load incorrectly to spending too long in one position.

Who gets back pain?

Back pain can affect people of any age but it is more common in adults aged between 35 and 55 years.

People suffering from lower back pain are those with jobs that involve driving, builders, golfers, gardeners to those who sit at a desk all day, to name a few!

If you are suffering from back pain in Havant, Rowlands Castle, Waterlooville, Emsworth, Petersfield, Chichester, Southsea, Clanfield, Cowplain, Denmead or surrounding areas then please email enquiries@physio-logical.net, call 07835 712306 or book online. We can help you say goodbye to your lower back pain today!