Back pain is very common and can vary from a slight twinge to severe pain at times. Most people recover quickly from their back pain, if it is managed properly. This summary will explain how physiotherapy can help.
What is back pain?
Back pain is a ‘musculoskeletal disorder’ (MSD) which also includes neck pain and repetitive strain injury (RSI), now known as Work Relevant Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD).
MSDs are a main cause of people being off sick from work. Physiotherapy is extremely effective with MSDs. In one study, 80 per cent of people who had physiotherapy for their MSD were able to carry on working and did not have to go off sick.
Back pain has a wide variety of causes, from picking up a heavy parcel incorrectly to spending too long in one position. Feeling very anxious or stressed can make your pain worse. It is rarely due to a serious health problem.