It is said that one in three of us experience back pain each year and in most cases it is the lower back that is affected. In many cases, the pain can be managed by over the counter medication and by keeping mobile. Pain can last for days, weeks, months or years and can affect your mood, daily activities, sleep patterns and the ability to work.
If the over the counter medication doesn’t work, what other options are available for non-specific lower back pain:
If the over the counter medication has not worked then your GP may prescribe stronger medicines such as codeine or another type of anti-inflammatory medication. Your GP may also suggest that you take antidepressant medication as some types of antidepressants act as painkillers too.
A physiotherapist or another doctor with specialist training may offer you some of the following options:
- An exercise programme which is muscle strengthening, controlling posture and strengthening
- Hands on – manual therapy such as massage or spine manipulation.
Complementary therapies such as osteopathy and chiropractic treatment may also prove to be beneficial.
Some scientific studies show that pain can be linked to your emotions and thoughts. If you find your back pain is causing you to feel upset or worried, psychological therapies can help you cope with your emotions. Your doctor may suggest a talking therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This can help you to understand your thoughts, feelings and actions, and change the way you react to and cope with pain.
Surgery is very rarely suitable for people with lower back pain. You’ll usually only be offered surgery for back pain if no other treatments have helped, a specific cause has been identified, and you’re finding the pain difficult to cope with. As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with back surgery.
The Information above has been sourced from the BUPA website:
It is essential to obtain the correct diagnosis for your back pain and this would usually begin with a visit to a GP. If you would like details of a private GP or specialised therapist such as a physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor or acupuncturist then you will be able to find details in the Medigest business directory: