Our Guide to Managing Lower Back Pain in its Early Stages
Is lower back pain holding you back in life? Is it stopping you doing what you love, or impeding on your ability to work? Back pain is frustrating to say the absolute least!
No one wants back pain in their life. Have you ever experienced difficulty with the simplest of tasks like doing up your shoelaces, picking up your kids, mowing the lawn, or even sitting at your desk?
Does this sound familiar….? We know these frustrations too well…
What if there was a way to help manage your back pain in the early stages? Well there is!
A better understanding of back pain and a few simple tips will really help you on your road to recovery, getting you back to what you love sooner!
We all want that, right?!
Fact vs Fiction
Fact: 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in life. So you are not in this alone by any means!
Fact: What is NOT normal is back pain that does not settle or go away.
Fact: Active recovery is best. We now know that bedrest is not great for the recovery of back pain. In fact, bedrest can delay back pain recovery.
Active recovery should be in the form of gentle stretches and movement.
Fiction: You need to go get a scan (i.e. x-ray, CT, MRI etc) on your lower back when you have injured it.
– In actual fact, getting a scan like this on your lower back will actually have a negative impact on your recovery. Evidence has shown this. Scans will pick up as many abnormalities as possible, and we know that people who don’t experience back pain also have similar abnormalities on their scans.
– Clinical assessment by respected health professionals (like us!) are a better choice, and a scan can then be ordered ONLY if necessary – in the vast majority of cases it isn’t !
Fiction: Bedrest and pills are the way to go… This is not true, although it may be a good idea to get some pain relief in the early stages if required, and a pharmacist or GP can help with this.
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