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Types of Back Pain and How to Manage them

  • Back pain is a common problem experienced by people of all ages.
  • Problems associated with back pain can be debilitating and uncomfortable.
  • However, there are pain relief options you could try.

What is back pain?

Back pain is commonly described as a pain in the lower back, but can be felt anywhere on your spine. It’s not necessarily caused by anything serious, and if managed appropriately can improve over time.

Signs and symptoms of back pain

Symptoms to look out for include ache, tension or stiffness in the back.

Causes of back pain

More often than not, the cause of low back pain is unknown. Lifestyle factors and activities that may be linked to back pain include:

  • Work that involves lifting, bending and awkward postures
  • Smoking
  • Obesity (being very overweight)
  • Engaging in physically demanding tasks

How to relieve back pain

Applying heat or cold packs might provide temporary pain relief. However, speak to your doctor for advice about how to relieve your back pain.

Other self-help measures that your doctor might recommend include physical activity and massage.

Why Ibuprofen can help

Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. As well as relieving pain and fever, ibuprofen also helps relieve inflammation.

When to seek medical help

You should see a doctor:

  • if you are in pain or need advice on medicines you can take
  • if your back pain persists
  • if you develop numbness or pain in the buttocks, leg or foot

You should also see your doctor urgently or go to the emergency department if you lose control of your bladder or bowels.

This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health-related matters, always consult your healthcare professional.