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How do I manage my backpain?

Back pain is very common and will effect most of us at some point in our life time.

The back is very strong and usually recovers from injury. 

People feel back pain in lots of different ways. For some, pain comes and goes and in others it can be more persistent. It can feel severe and frightening or mild and familiar. It can be a mild nuisance or have a significant impact on your life. 

What causes back pain?

Back pain can be caused by many things; lifting incorrectly, poor and prolonged postures, accidents, repetitive jobs and not being active enough. Sometimes it is has an underlying cause and your doctor or Physiotherapist can assess this when they examine you.  

On this page we teach you simple ways to understand the most common back problems and provide you with evidence based management to help get you back to your best. 

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Although it is natural to want to know exactly what is causing the problem this is not always easy to answer when t comes to the spine. Generally, health professionals split back pain into 3 categories:

  1. Mechanical back pain - this is by far the most common form of back pain. The pain remains in the back and does not spread anywhere else. It is usually aggravated by certain positions and movements and is the result of the muscles and joints being irritated.

  2. Back with nerve pain - sometimes the nerves can get irritated as they leave the spine. This can cause pain into the arms or legs and result in pins and needles or numbness in certain places. 

  3. A very small group of people may have a more serious condition. This will be checked for by your health professional.       

In the video above we talked about the most common causes of back pain and how you can categories your back problem. 

Below are some key tips on how to manage these problems

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Mechanical Back pain 

The pain remains in the back and does not spread anywhere else. It is usually aggravated by certain positions and movements and is the result of the muscles and joints being irritated.

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Nerve pain 

Sometimes the nerves can get irritated as they leave the spine. This can cause pain into the arms or legs and result in pins and needles or numbness in certain places. 

When if effects the legs it is often called 'Sciatica'. 

Urgent Action 

Very occasionally there is a more serious condition effecting the spine that needs to be assessed and investigated as a matter of urgency. This occurs in less than 1% of all spinal pain. 

The Back Journey - our unique knee treatment

Find out how we get you back to your best at The Performance Lab in the video above.  

We use years of experience, robust testing and analysis to find out your current spine capabilities and the reasons for your problem.  We then set out a clear journey of evidence based milestones for you to reach your desired goal.