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 exercising.(ii)
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 pharmacist.(iii)
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 grains.(iii)
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.(iv)