What is back pain?
Most of us have back pain at some time in our lives.When we get it, we usually just feel like staying in bed. But staying in bedoften does more harm than good. Although it can be hard to find out why youhave back pain, there are treatments that can often help.
We've brought together the best research about back pain andweighed up the evidence about how to treat it. You can use our information totalk to your doctor and decide which treatments are best for you.
Most of us have back pain at some time in our lives. Bad backpain can make you feel miserable but it usually clears up on its own.
Here we look at lowback pain, which is the type most people get.Key points for people with back pain
Backpain is common but normally not serious. Most people get better within sixweeks.
Your doctor probably won't be able to tell you exactly what iscausing your pain. In most people, the cause is never found.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help to relieve backpain.
If your back pain lasts for more than 12 weeks, exercises tostrengthen your back can help.
Staying in bed does more harm than good.
Staying active can help you get better faster.Your back
To understand why you get back pain, it helps to know about howyour backbone (your spine) works.
Your spine holds up the weight of your upper body.
Your spine is like a tower built from 33 small, interlockingbones. These bones are called vertebrae (each individual one is called avertebra).
Between each vertebra is a disc. These are round pads of soft,spongy tissue. Each disc has a tough outer ri