Back Pain

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Comprehensive Guide to Back Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Management

This guide provides an in-depth look at back pain, its common causes in the workplace, symptoms, and recommended management strategies.

Causes of Back Pain

Back pain can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Heavy manual labour and handling tasks.
  • Repetitive tasks such as manual packing.
  • Extended periods of sitting, especially at poorly adjusted workstations.
  • Driving long distances in inadequately adjusted seats.
  • Physical tasks involving stooping, bending, or overstretching.

Workplace-Related Factors

Back pain is prevalent in jobs that require physical exertion or prolonged sedentary positions.

Symptoms of Back Pain

Key symptoms include:

  • Tenderness or stiffness in the spine.
  • Difficulty in straightening or bending the back.
  • Muscular aches, pains, and discomfort in the torso.
  • Potential breathing difficulties due to muscular issues.

Severe Symptoms and Emergency Signs

Seek immediate medical help if experiencing:

  • Numbness around genitals or back passage.
  • Weakness in both legs and unsteadiness.
  • Difficulty controlling urine or numbness in extremities.

Managing Back Pain

General advice for managing back pain includes:

  • Staying active and using simple pain relief methods.
  • Consulting a GP if the pain persists or worsens.

When to Seek Medical Advice

Consult your doctor if pain is severe, worsening, or accompanied by unusual symptoms.

Treatment Options

Possible treatments may include physiotherapy, chiropractic, or osteopathy.