Sudden Back Pain
Neck and low back pain are common and will affect over 80% of us at some point in our lives. Back pain in particular is one of the main causes of absenteeism at work. Sudden or ʻacuteʼ onset of neck and low back pain is therefore a common occurrence.
Return back to normal can be helped by following some of the advice guidelines below:
- Stay active and if possible try to continue with normal daily activities.
- Try and avoid bed rest. Keeping your neck and back moving with gentle exercise is better than resting it.
- Avoid sustained positions such as sitting for too long. Try and alter your body position every 20 minutes.
- Avoid heavy lifting and prolonged or awkward postures, e.g. twisting, long car journeys.
Depending on the type of work you do it is normally best to remain at work or return as soon as possible. It might mean discussing with your employer restricted duties or reduced hours but it is important that you stay engaged with the working environment.
Gradually and progressively increase physical activities. As pain subsides be especially careful. Your back is still recovering but it isn’t telling you about it as much. Avoid falling back into bad habits such as poor posture / manual handling.
Seek further medical attention immediately if you experience or develop :
- Severe pain in the back
- Bladder or bowel problems (such as incontinence)
- Altered sensations such as pins and needles in the legs, buttock or pelvic region
- Numbness around the inner thighs and genital area or weakness of the lower extremities
We are always happy for our patients to call us at the clinic if they have any questions or to seek advice.