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What is back pain?
Back pain refers to pain that you may feel in your back or spine. It is a very common problem: 1 in 6 Australians report having back problems, and 4 out of 5 experience it sometime in their life. While both men and women report that they experience back problems, it is more commonly reported by people 25 years and older.
Back pain can be grouped into different categories. Lower back pain refers to pain felt in the lower part of the spine (the lumbar spine). Back problems can also affect the upper back (the thoracic spine), the neck (cervical spine) as well as the tailbone (coccyx).
People experience back pain in different ways. Some people say it feels like a sharp pain; other people report aches or spasms. You may feel stiff, or find it hard to turn or bend in certain directions. In some cases, such as sciatica, pain can travel down one or both your legs.
Back pain can impact you physically and mentally. People suffering from back pain may feel irritable or short-tempered. They may worry about whether the pain will control their life and may experience feelings of helplessness.
What causes back pain?
Your spine or backbone is a complex structure that is made up of 24 small bones called vertebrae that are stacked on top of each other.
Discs sit between each vertebra to act as cushions or shock absorbers and give your spine flexibility. Vertebrae are joined together by small joints called ‘facet’ joints. These joints allow you to move and bend your back. A mesh of ligaments and muscles hold the spine together and provide structural support, which allows you to move.
Back pain can originate from any of these structures, but in most cases, this pain doesn’t result from any significant damage to your spine. This pain usually stems from surrounding muscles, ligaments or joints and occasionally spinal disc problems.
For at least 9 in 10 people, back pain is not caused by any particular condition and is referred to as non-specific back pain.
This type of back pain results from a range of different factors such as:
weakness in back and abdominal muscles
muscle strain or spasm
extra pressure on the spine from sitting too long — for example, sitting in an office environment
too little physical activity
an unhealthy weight
Less than 1 in 100 people have back pain that is related to a serious medical problem such as cancer, infection, a spinal fracture or specific conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis. Research has also shown that you actually don’t need to know the cause of back pain to treat it successfully.
How is back pain treated?
You can do several things to manage back pain. A conversation with your doctor or physiotherapist can help address any concerns you may have and help you to better understand your treatment. Remember that not all information is trustworthy, so let your healthcare team know about treatments you are considering before you begin them.
Ways to manage back pain include the following:
Keeping active — Try to return to some physical activity or regular work as soon as you can. Your back is designed to move, so don’t rest your back for more than a day or two.
Physiotherapy — A qualified physiotherapist can suggest exercises to keep your back moving.
Targeted training or exercise programs — Any exercise you enjoy can help manage back pain. Examples include Pilates, McKenzie therapy, the Alexander technique, sling exercise, graded activity exercise or motor control exercise.
Chiropractic — These health practitioners are often seen by patients for the relief of back pain.
Medication — Common pain relief medication such as paracetamol is not usually effective for back pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) can provide a small reduction in back pain, but side effects may be a concern. If you take medication to manage back pain, use the lowest effective dose for the shortest time possible. For some people topical NSAIDs (such as a gel formulation) may be a safer option than NSAIDs in tablets.
Strong pain medication is not recommended for back pain. Research shows strong pain medication provides little benefit and can cause side effects such as drowsiness, sedation and/or dependence.
If you have severe back pain and your current medication is not adequately managing it, talk to your doctor about a suitable treatment plan. In some cases, your doctor may suggest an injection that can numb the pain such as an epidural injection, or a surgical procedure, such as a laminectomy to help manage your pain.
How can back pain be prevented?
In most cases, you can prevent back pain by making changes to your lifestyle.
Doing exercise helps to keep your back flexible and strong. Exercise improves your posture and helps your muscles to support your spine. Exercises that can help prevent back pain include:
low-impact aerobic exercise (such as walking, tai chi or swimming)
strengthening exercises, such as lifting weights, climbing stairs or hiking hills
stretching exercises, such as Pilates and yoga
Maintaining a good posture is important when you sit at home, in your workplace, or in your car. Try not to slouch, and use equipment that supports your back, such as a lumbar support or footstool if you need.
Keeping a healthy weight is also important. Excess fat can strain your back and lead to back pain, sciatica and inflammation.
Practice safe lifting in your home or workplace. Whenever you pick up a heavy load, squat down, hold the object close to your body, and lift with your legs.
Quit smoking — Smoking increases your chances of developing persistent back pain.
Relax — Learning relaxation techniques and mindfulness can help to reduce stress and muscle tension in your back.
Avoid high heels — wearing high heels can place strain on your back.