Tackle Back Pain with NHS Choices’
Online DIY Guide

New clinically approved back pain tool launched

Back pain is a common problem, affecting 8 in 10 British adults at some point in their life and accounting for the largest cause of absence from work in the UK. Although there are many possible causes, for the vast majority, these pains and injuries are preventable. Whether you’ve experienced back pain or not, it makes sense to do some preventative work to make sure you don’t suffer in the future.

The new NHS Choices online back pain guide allows you to can discover more about how your back works, what can go wrong and how you can prevent back problems. The guide, which is clinically approved, is packed with videos and images showing you how to maintain good posture at home, at work and whilst driving, how to lift correctly, and exercises you can do to strengthen your back.

For those already suffering with back or neck pain the guide also advises on the various treatments available, including stretching, hot and cold packs, manual therapy, keeping moving and painkillers.

To view the new online DIY guide to tackling back pain visit online back pain tool.

GP Dr Knut Schroeder said: “Back pain is most common in the lower back, although people can also suffer in their neck, upper and middle back, lower back and buttocks. No matter where the pain is, it often becomes a real nuisance, sometimes even rendering people almost entirely immobile. A number of patients that I see are so disabled by their back pain that they are unable to work, or carry out their normal day-to-day activities. Finding a solution that works and preventing further back pain in the future is, therefore, really important. The back pain guide on NHS Choices is a really useful tool, enabling people to learn about the pain they’re experiencing, how best to manage it, and how it can be prevented. I would recommend anyone suffering with back pain to use the guide and if they’re really concerned visit their GP too.”

For further information about back pain visit www.nhs.uk and go to the health A-Z back pain section.