Back pain

What is back pain?

Back pain is suffered by hundreds of thousands of people in the UK each year, commonly most cases of back pain are caused by strains and minor injuries rather than something more complex, however with 4 out of 5 adults in the UK suffering back pain at some point in their adult life and the back being complex every person needs to understand what their individual treatment options are.

It's recognised that early back pain treatment is the most practical, successful and cost-effective solution to back pain. Don’t wait any longer. The quicker you are accurately diagnosed, the more effective and successful your treatment can be*.

*Source: Government’s Combined Speciality Advisory Group (CSAG)

The good news is that most back pain can be treated without invasive treatments or surgery

Back pain 

What are the common causes of back pain?

There are different causes of back pain and the first step is to identify if it's simple, non-specific or mechanical back pain, or if it's potentially more serious and is acute back pain or chronic back pain.

Most simple or common causes of back pain can often be associated with the following:

  • Lifting incorrectly
  • Poor posture i.e. slouching in chairs at home and or at work, driving in a hunched position, standing with poor posture
  • Poor fitness
  • Overdoing it, such as lifting heavy weights whilst gardening or doing sports exercise. Warming up and warming down can often help to avoid any back pain caused by physical exertion
  • Sleeping on an over-hard or over-soft bed

If you spend lots of time sitting in front of a computer or spend long hours driving as part of your work than this can also be the cause for back pain, the structure of the spine isn't particularly suited to spending hours in a seated position, especially if you hold yourself in tension or a hunched position.

What are the causes of acute back pain or chronic back pain?

With acute or chronic back pain your Doctor may refer you to BMI Healthcare if your symptoms and severe pain haven't improved following alternative courses of treatment such as physiotherapy, or potentially if you are experiencing nerve pain in your hands and legs.

There are a number of treatments available depending on what condition you might have. We've outlined a number of conditions below which you may find useful;

  • Anterolateral foraminotomy
  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Discectomy
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar spinal decompression
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (MISS)
  • Scoliosis

Want to look at other treatments? or find it on the A-Z list.