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  • Acute Low Back Pain 05 October 2018 | View comments

  • This coming week has a number of awareness event relevant to us. The whole week is both BackCare Awareness Week; and also National Arthritis Week; with World Arthritis Day next Friday.
    Consequently, I'll be trying to make 3 blog posts this week, with arthritis coming on the 12th.
    So for today, let’s take a look at acute low back pain (Acute LBP).

    LBP is the fifth most common reason for physician visits, which affects up to 85% of people at some point. The exact cause of the acute low back pain often remains unknown, though thorough examination can reduce the number of possibilities. The back pain can come on suddenly after lifting things, or gradually through overuse, or even for no easily identifiable reason. Many cases will resolve within a few days and minimal intervention (reduced loading, ice and movement). It is rarely serious; though it can be debilitating; and rarely needs imaging – except in cases of direct trauma, suspected inflammation, or medical red flags.

    Acute vs chronic are measures of duration, not severity; with Acute being anything that has lasted less than 8 weeks; with Chronic being more than 8 weeks. Between 6-8 weeks duration is often labelled as Subacute.

    Whilst most cases resolve within a couple of weeks; for those that do become chronic, the best thing you can do to improve the prognosis, is to start treatment sooner; which is a bit of a catch 22. As a rule of thumb, if the back pain is significantly reduced after 5-6 days, then you shouldn’t need any treatment; if it is barely improved, or still worsening, then treatment might be a good idea, even if it’s just in the form of advice on how to manage the pain at home, and prevent it coming again.

     

    You can find out more here:

    www.physio-pedia.com/Non_Specific_Low_Back_Pain
    www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk/back-pain
    www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-inju…/low-back-pain/lumbago

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