10 Back pain Commandments

1) Your back is stronger than you may think – the spine is strong and not easily damaged, so in most instances the pain will be down to a simple sprain or strain

2) You rarely need a scan

3) Avoid bed rest and get moving (but avoid aggravating activities)

4) Do not fear bending or lifting – do it in a way that is comfortable, using the hips and knees

5) Remember that exercise and activity can reduce and prevent back pain

6) Painkillers will not speed up your recovery

7) Surgery is rarely needed

8) Get good quality sleep if you can, because it will help you feel better overall

9) You can have back pain without any damage or injury

10) If it doesn’t clear up, seek help but don’t worry – book an appointment to see your doctor or osteopath  if the pain persists