Facts About Lower Back Pain


  • 4 out of 5 people will experience back pain at least once in their lives. Serious conditions are rare causes of back pain.
  • Most people with recent onset back pain recover within 6 weeks.
  • Around 25% of people experience back pain on any given day.
  • Back pain costs the country more than $1billion a year.
  • Up to 1/3 of people don’t fully recover in the year after onset of back pain.

What you can do to help yourself

  • Appropriate early management of back pain is important to prevent long-term problems.
  • If recent onset back pain is very painful then the use of cold or heat or simple analgesics (such as Paracetamol) may be beneficial.

Note: If the back pain is caused by trauma, resulting in bleeding and tissue inflammation, then the application of heat is not advised for the first 24-36 hours.

  • If pain is present for more than a couple of days seek attention from your chiropractor. There are a number of effective treatments for back pain, this includes spinal manipulation.
  • With appropriate treatment most people will recover within a few weeks.
  • Being fearful of movement and concerned that you may do more damage is often a factor in slowing recovery, so try and remain active within your pain limit.
  • Pain that persists for more than a few weeks may cause you to overly avoiding normal activities.

Not coping with pain and avoiding activities may result in anxiety and further problems in the long-term.

  • The role of your chiropractor is to help you recover via hands-on treatment and appropriate self-management

For more information about how we can help treat your lower back pain give us a call!

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