Got a niggling pain in your back? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for people to speak to a doctor. In fact, it’s one of the top three reasons people make an appointment with us.
Most of the time, back pain is nothing serious. You should be back to normal in no time at all. But if you’re concerned, you can always book an appointment with one of our doctors.
The cause of back pain isn’t always clear. It can be from a sudden movement that puts stress on your back – like lifting something heavy. Or you might have strained your back muscles/or ligaments while playing sports.
Another common cause is poor posture. As more people find themselves working from home, their workplace setups might not be helping their back pain. If you often find yourself hunched over a laptop screen without decent support, your back muscles could be suffering.
Back pain isn’t always a major cause for concern. Most back pain issues go away after a few weeks or months. But if you find your back pain is unmanageable or it’s keeping you from sleep or other activities, speak to a doctor.
Consult a doctor immediately if you have back pain with any of these symptoms:
You can manage most cases of mild back pain with home treatment.
*Remember to allows read and follow the instructions that come with any medication you get over the counter or prescribed for you
Avoiding back pain is easier said than done – but there are some ways you can reduce your risk:
If your back pain doesn’t seem to go away, or you’re finding the pain hard to manage, our GPs can help.
We offer appointments with trained GPs 24/7, by video or phone, whenever you need them. Our doctors can put you in touch with specialised support and get you the prescriptions you need.