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Our Ask A Physio series is a collection of microblogs aimed at giving a basic understanding of some frequently asked questions. If you have an injury or are experiencing discomfort please book an assessment or contact reception for more information.

Will back pain be forever?

80% of the adult population will experience back pain this year, and for the vast majority, it will be no more serious than a cold. Even though the first few hours and days can be really uncomfortable, most people are pain-free within 2-4 weeks and will have no lasting issues.

As with all health issues, there is a small risk of back pain sticking around for more than 3 months. We can’t predict this perfectly, but we know that people who have a really distressing injury or other health issues can be at higher risk. Again, a bit like a cold, flu or stomach bug. We know that getting good advice and pain relief early on can take this risk right down, so if you’re worried then a simple checkup goes a long way.

All is not lost if people do end up with long term issues. I like to use the analogy of my own experiences with asthma, or even something like allergies. If I look after myself, take medication at the right times and recognise my triggers, I never really get any symptoms. The same is true of people with long term back pain, it really comes down to being an expert on your own issue, and having good people around you.

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