Back pain is very common. Most of us will suffer from it at some point in our lives, and as we are living longer, the number of people experiencing back pain is likely to increase (Hoy and colleagues, 2012). However, low back pain tends to subside within two to six weeks and by twelve weeks pain levels are low in most cases. Imaging such as an X-ray or MRI scan is rarely necessary. It is important to stay positive and try to keep moving.
As we get older, it is common to decrease the amount of exercise we do and start to slow down. Aches and pains, as well as injuries, occur more frequently too, making us want to exercise less often. However, the saying ‘use it or lose it’ is so true. It is more important than ever to keep moving, as the stronger and fitter we are, the better equipped the body is to deal with everyday life. Strength training is very important as we age, as our muscle strength tends to decrease with age.
Here’s a video explaining a bit more about the discs and what you can do to help. The main thing is not to worry. The body is very good at repairing itself so although you maybe in a lot of pain, your symptoms are very likely to get better.
If you have been experiencing pain in the back and down the leg, then as the back starts to heal, the pain in the leg should reduce and it should become more centralised in the low back.
During the lock down we are offering online appointments where we can go through different orthopaedic tests to find out what is wrong and give lots of advice with specific exercises to do to help.
Cassie is also running an Online Rehab class every Wednesday evening via Zoom at 7pm. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to take part.
A massager can really help ease tight muscles in the back. We sell them at the clinic for £39.99 RRP £59.99. Just call 01763 878087 to order one and you can either pick it up from the clinic or I can drop it to a house in Buntingford.
I have also written a book on low back pain. This can be ordered through Amazon or again I can deliver copies locally.