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Are you worried about your Back Pain?

What causes Back Pain?

There are things you can do in your everyday life to prevent back aches and pains, such as using the correct lifting technique, regular exercise and good posture. Back pain can seriously affect your day to day life, if your back pain is becoming a recurring problem or the pain is so severe you are unable to go about your daily life as normal, you should contact a doctor for a full diagnosis. 

What can you do at home?

If your pain is mild to moderate, there are a number of things you can do to alleviate your back aches and pains without seeking further medical assistance. These include: 

  • Applying hot or cold to the injured area 
  • Painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol 
  • Back stretches 
  • Staying active 

Unlike other kinds of pain, if you experience back pain, long periods of rest are not recommended as this can exacerbate the injury and cause the muscles to seize up. Strenuous activity is also not recommended but staying active and on the move as much as possible, carrying on with your regular activities, can help to loosen up and ease the pain you are experiencing. 

Common Back Pain Issues
You should also seek further medical attention if you experience any of the following:

Back pain can be an issue that seriously affects your day to day life, rendering you unable to move, which may lead to mental health problems. If your pain and discomfort isn't going away or is getting worse over time, you should seek further medical advice and get a full diagnosis. 

See your GP if you are experiencing any of the following: 

  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in your legs or perineum (area between anus and genitals) 
  • High temperature or fever 
  • Noticeable weight loss 
  • Swelling 
  • Change in your ability to urinate/control of your bladder 
  • Pain resides in your upper back 
  • Symptoms do not seem to get better with time 
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Possible Causes and Related Conditions
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated disk
  • Kidney infection (pyelonephritis)
  • Kidney stones
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
  • Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Poor posture
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sprains
Frequently Asked Questions
Can constipation cause back pain?

Constipation can occur when you have difficulty passing stool on a regular basis. ( If you find yourself having less than 3 bowel movements per week you may find you are suffering with constipation)  

Constipation is not a direct symptom of back pain however, if you are constipated you might find yourself suffering with lower back pain due to the build-up of stool withing your rectum.  

In some cases, severe back pain may be related to a condition such as irritable bowel syndrome or a much serious condition, unrelated to constipation.  

If you are struggling to function with your back pain it’s important to speak to a doctor to find the underlying reason or condition causing your back to find out how it can be treated or eased. 

Does swimming help back pain?

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise to help ease back pain. It is a low impact aerobic exercise that does not put too much strain on the back. 

A doctor may recommend swimming as a form of physically therapy however, it is important to know that swimming alone may not solve your back pain and if you have poor technique, you may actually cause more pain due to overextending and straining.