What causes lower back pain?

What causes lower back pain?

Lower back pain is common and is usually the result of an injury, such as muscle sprains or strains. This could be to do with lifting heavy objects or even just moving in the wrong way. Acute back pain may only last for a few days, or sometimes up to a few weeks.

Who is most likely to suffer from lower back pain?

Individuals between the ages of 30-50 are most likely to suffer from acute lower back pain. As you get older, less fluid is produced between the vertebrae and spine. This means the discs in the spine can sometimes experience irritation1.

How to treat back pain

Usually back pain improves on its own but there are some things you can do to help speed up your recovery2.

  • Stay active and try to continue your daily activities
  • Take anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen – paracetamol on its own is not recommended for back pain but may be used with another painkiller2
  • Use an ice pack wrapped in a towel to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Use a heat pack wrapped in a towel to relieve stiffness or muscle spasms
  • Try doing some exercises and stretches for back pain
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What other symptoms are related to lower back pain?

If you suffer from lower back pain, you may also experience pain radiating down your legs. This may worsen with bending, lifting or exercising3.

How do I know if my lower back pain is related to arthritis?

Common symptoms of arthritis in the back may include lower back pain. Other symptoms include a limited range of motion, stiffness and loss of flexibility in the spine/back and fatigue. If you are concerned or want to know if your other symptoms may be signs of arthritis, you should visit your doctor or pharmacist4.

How to manage lower back pain?

If your lower back pain is acute, it may help to exercise. This may include going for walks or trying yoga. You may also want to work with a physical therapist who can teach you exercises that won’t worsen your pain.

Weight loss can also help to reduce pressure on the joints and lead to less pain and better physical function. Consider adding some anti-inflammatory foods to your diet, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish and whole grains4.

How to work whilst suffering from lower back pain

Lower back pain can often make you feel as though you want to stay in bed, but it is best to keep moving. Keeping the back muscles moving is an important part of recovery from acute lower back pain. You may also consider taking some painkillers to help you do so.

If you are unable to get back to work because of your back pain, you should talk to your doctor and consider trying physiotherapy to help you get moving again.5

Flarin Ibuprofen Relief for Joint Pain

When joint or muscular pain flares, choose Flarin

Flarin 200mg Soft Capsules are indicated for the relief of rheumatic or muscular pain, joint pain, back pain and for the relief of non-serious arthritis conditions, caused by swelling, stiffness and inflammation of joints. It can also be used for the relief of neuralgia (sharp pain along nerves), dental pain, period pain, feverishness and cold or flu symptoms.

Flarin encases ibuprofen in lipids which help it to travel through the stomach into the small intestine, where it is broken down. It works by blocking the chemicals that cause the pain and inflammation to bring effective relief from joint pain.

Flarin capsules are manufactured in a different way to liquid capsules. Rather than dissolving ibuprofen in a watery liquid the ibuprofen is formulated with LIPIDS which are absorbed differently.

LIPIDS are fatty substances such as oils, butter and fat. LIPIDS are absorbed in your small intestine, unlike LIQUIDS which are absorbed in your stomach.