What to do About Back Pain
Red Flag Alert: What Symptoms may be Cause for Concern?
There are many misconceptions about back pain, bed rest being the biggest! Read on to for evidence based treatment advice:
If you are unsure of concerned about your back pain then contact one of our Physiotherapists who can help diagnose your condition and put together a recovery plan with a specific exercise regime and personalised advice.
Back pain is very common, and is not normally due to anything serious – even if the pain is very bad. Most people will experience back pain during their life and typically many episodes of back pain will settle within 6 weeks, although it's not uncommon to be longer especially if pain is felt into the leg.
What are the symptoms? Back pain is usually felt in your back and/or your buttock area, sometimes it can refer pain down your leg and you may experience some pins and needles and/or numbness. (See Red Flag Section for further information on symptoms)
Why do I have back pain? Back pain can occur due to an obvious injury but sometimes there may be no specific injury but often an underlying cause, routinely sitting at work for a long time without a break for example.
Our Chartered Physiotherapists can help diagnose your symptoms and have you back on the road to recovery in no time
First of all, don' t worry! For the vast majority of problems there is no special cause for concern other than treating the problem you are experiencing. Typically first stop is to book a session with your PFO physiotherapist who will make an assessment. We are formally trained in diagnosis which can, at times, uncover symptoms that need further investigation by your GP.
For example, you may experience
If you have any of these symptoms you should seek an urgent appointment with your GP as soon as possible
Cauda Equina Syndrome is a comparatively rare but very serious condition which occurs when the nerves located at the bottom of the spinal cord – known as the ‘cauda equina’ – become compressed. This compression causes Cauda Equina Syndrome which can manifest in a number of different ways:
Any combination of the above warning signs could be symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome.
Seek emergency medical help within 12 to 24 hours either at your GP setting or A&E