October sees the return of BackCare Awareness Week, from 7th to 11th October 2015.
Back pain is a major health issue costing the country and the health service billions of pounds every year. Sickness absence currently costs the UK economy £15 billion; and musculoskeletal disorders are one of the leading causes of sickness absence.
Although pain can be a very distressing symptom, for most people with back pain, the pain does not represent a serious medical condition.
Knowing what is causing your back pain, and the best way of responding, may take away some of the concerns you have when experiencing back pain.
Good back care is not only focussed on preventing back pain from striking in the first place, but also on trying to prevent the negative consequences of back pain. In this section you can read more about what you can do to keep your back fit and healthy.
Here are some tips for looking after your back:
- Exercise regularly
- Always bend your knees and hips, not your back
- Always lift and carry objects close to your body
- Maintain a good posture – avoid slumping in your chair
- Use a chair with a backrest. Sit with your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest. Change how you sit every few minutes
- Lose any excess weight
It used to be thought that bed rest would help you recover from a bad back, but it's now recognised that people who remain active are likely to recover more quickly.
This may be difficult at first if the pain is severe, but try to move around as soon as you can and aim to do a little more each day.
For more information visit http://backcare.org.uk/