Low Back Pain
What Is Low Back Pain?
- Back pain is a common problem and affects most of us during our lifetime
- Much of the time back pain is not a serious problem, and is usually caused by a simple strain to a muscle or ligament
- Being ACTIVE and EXERCISING will NOT make your back pain worse. Staying active will help you get better and taking painkillers can help you with this.
Managing an episode of Low Back pain
- Movement will improve your pain
- Painkillers can help to get you moving
Recommended pain medication can be purchased from the Pharmacy:
- Topical anti-inflammatory (Eg. Voltarol/Ibuleve ) ± Paracetamol
- Oral Ibuprofen ± gastroprotective treatment (eg. Omeprazole/Lansoprazole)
- Co-Codamol 8/500 (If you have been advised by a GP not to take Ibuprofen for other health issues)
Clinical guidelines do not recommend the following for the management of acute low back pain:
- Benzodiazepines (eg. Diazepam) for the management of muscle spasm
- Strong Opioids (Tramadol, High Strength Codeine, Fentanyl, Morphine, Methadone, or Zomorph)
- Gabapentinoids (Gabapentin/Pregabalin)
- Only 1% of back pain disorders are linked to serious pathology, like a cancer, a fracture or an inflammatory disorder
- Only 5% of back pain is linked to a disc prolapse which is causing nerve compression.
- That means that 94% of back pain has no diagnosis based on a scan.
- The problem created by highly sensitive MRI Scanners is that they pick up so called ‘abnormalities’ in almost everybody.