The 80% of the adult UK population experience acute back pain during their lifetimes. Acute back pain is common and involves muscle spasm, inflammation and rarely can relate to disc problems. What happens when acute back pain is present? Acute back pain can present when we bend forward or bend backwards or picking up something from the floor or up high from a bookshelf. Sometimes, we feel something "goes" in our back, muscles go in spasm, and we perceive a very sharp pain. Usually, the pain is so severe, we find difficult to find a comfortable position on a chair or lying down. Often also standing long time is very uncomfortable. Why acute back pain happens? Often, it is a combination of factors including, back muscle injury, stiffness or hypermobility, poor posture, weaknesses in core muscles and lack of regular physical exercise. How to treat acute back pain? 1 Medication Seek advice from your GP. Anti-inflammatory medication can relief pain in the severe cases for a short period of time. 2 Osteopathy Osteopathy is very effective reducing and resolving episodes of acute low back pain. Gentle mobilization and muscle activation is critical to make the acute low back pain better. It is also important to seek a treatment appointment as soon as possible. The closer is the appointment to the start of the injury the greater the chance to resolve the pain episode. 3 Physical Exercise Physical exercise is a key stone in the pain resolution. Particularly, in the morning when often the intensity of pain is unbearable, a few basic exercises can bring relief, facilitating movement and helping to start the day. Find below two links to exercises to perform first thing in the morning. How to do a double leg back stretch - YouTube Please stop any exercise that causes pain. If you have any questions with an exercise, just email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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