Physiotherapy is recommended for the management of low back pain. Free 15 minute meet our expert consultations are available to see if physiotherapy would be appropriate for you. 

Owen Moore

Lower Back Pain - A physical therapy perspective. [Author :: Owen Moore, Sun 21 Jan 2018 :: snowflakepng, 2 deg C]

What can I do to help myself?
I suggest taking a moment, before contacting a Doctor or Chartered Physiotherapist, to understand that back pain is a symptom. Back pain is not a diagnosis.

See your GP or a Chartered Physiotherapist if ::
  • the pain doesn't start to improve within a few weeks 
  • the pain stops you doing your day-to-day activities 
  • the pain is very severe or gets worse over time 
  • you're worried about the pain or are struggling to cope 
Contact your GP, Emergency Department [if you have these flagpng] or NHS 111 immediately if you have back pain and ::

These problems could be a sign of something more serious and need to be checked urgently.

1. Back pain is often triaged into 3 main categories. You may need to discuss this chart with your GP or Chartered Physiotherapist.
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2. "When we hear the sound of hoofbeats, think horses - not zebras." Back pain is common but it is not normal. There is a cause. It is not in your head.
Whilst some patients do have significant pathology, it is far more common to have "simple mechanical back pain." Yet back pain is a symptom and not a diagnosis.
I am paraphrasing Professor Stuart McGill & Professor Shirley Sahrmann in the first sentence but it reflects nearly 25 years of my observations and reading. When serious disease and "sciatica" have been eliminated from the diagnostic process, it is probably what you are doing that needs attention.
My favourite video that I ask patients to watch is posted below :: it is 59 minutes long but provides practical insights to apply immediately. 
Before you click the link, think :: do I know what is wrong with my movement patterns during work, sports and hobbies

3. What could you read tomorrow that could help you understand back pain, make immediate changes and start self-treatment?
I have found that most patients understand, retain and use information competently from Stuart McGill's book for non-medical professionals [Back Mechanic :: ISBN 13 :: 978-0973501827]:: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Back-Mechanic-Stuart-McGill-2015-09-30/dp/B01FKSGJYC/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_produc...

Summary ::

There you have it.

My modus operandi, beliefs, favourite video link and book for patients and interested parties.

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