More about back pain

Back pain is very common, it affects up to 80% of us at some point in our lives, with almost 10 million people in the UK suffering with lower back pain each year.

It can be quite a scary experience, especially when it comes on quite quickly and is quite an intense pain. If you’ve got back pain, it’s not easy to uncover the cause, know what you should be doing to relieve it and understand  how to get better.

That’s when we can help. At goPhysio we see dozens of people a month who come in with quite severe pain in their back. Often this has come on suddenly without any warning or it may have gradually worsened over time. In the majority of cases, back pain isn’t anything too serious and when handled in the right way will resolve really quickly.

Getting an accurate assessment, the right treatment and having a plan where you’re supported to get you active and back to full fitness, as soon as possible, is the best approach.

We see and help a range of issues around the back, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Postural issues
  • Pregnancy related back pain
  • Pre-hab before spinal surgery
  • Rehab following spinal surgery
  • Work related back pain
  • Back strains
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Why choose goPhysio?

Don’t just take our word for it, we have hundreds of happy patients willing to share their thoughts on their goPhysio experiences. You can read more reviews here.

Very efficient staff. My back pain treatment through physiotherapy was 100 percent successful within 3 weeks after having endured this disability for decades. My physiotherapist was clear in his explanations and diagnosis and there was total professionalism which gave me confidence in getting better. Physiotherapy was followed by weekly pilates which is conducted in small groups with a high degree of care and attention. Thank you.

A. May
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Sudden back pain? One of our Physiotherapists or Sports Therapists will be able to accurately diagnose your injury, help you understand what is going on and put together a personalised recovery plan to help get you better and pain-free.

Recurrent back Pain? If you have an on-going injury or nagging back pain that won’t go away, we can help you identify what’s going on and why and put in place an action plan to solve your problem. This may be through physiotherapy, massage, exercise based rehabilitation or coming to a specialist class, such as Pilates. Our range of onsite services mean that we can give you the right treatment at the right time and get you better quickly.


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To start your road to recovery, contact us to book your appointment. Call 023 8025 3317 or book your appointment online.


I’ve suddenly woke up with back pain, what should I do?

Try and keep moving. Even though moving may make the pain worse, it’s very important to keep moving. If you’re afraid to move and just stay in 1 position this will actually make your problem worse. Moving will help reduce muscle spasm and help act as a natural painkiller by de-sensitising the injured area. As the pain eases, build up what you are doing. When the pain is quite severe, you may have to modify what you do day to day to minimise aggravating your pain, but try and get back to ‘normal’ ASAP. Read more advice here.

Which painkillers are best for my back pain?
Painkillers are worth taking as they will help ease the pain which will make moving easier. Research has shown that antiinflammatory medications (NSAID’s) such as Ibruprofen or Naproxen, are much better than paracetamol for back pain. However, for people that are unable to take NSAID’s or that find them ineffective, weak opioid medications such as co-codamol can be recommended for simple back pain. Always seek the advice of a pharmacist or your GP regarding pain medication.
Should I use heat an ice pack to ease my pain?

We recommend using a heat pack or hot water bottle on your back. This will help reduce muscle spasm, relieve pain and make it easier to move about. 10-15 minutes every couple of hours is good.

My pain is quite severe and isn't easing what should I do?
If your pain isn’t easing after 3-5 days or is getting worse, book an appointment to see us at goPhysio. We’ll do a full assessment to get to the bottom of what’s causing your problem and start a personalised recovery plan to help ease your pain and get you active again.
Do I need an X-ray or MRI scan to see what’s going on with my back?

This is a common misconception. 1 in 5 people who have an X-ray or scan for back pain, do so unnecessarily. Having a scan when you don’t need it may actually make things worse, as normal signs of ageing can be misinterpreted. An MRI scan is not always needed to find out what’s going on, it’s not a picture of pain, it’s a picture of normal changes that can occur in the body. You can have someone with back pain and a ‘normal’ scan or X-ray and someone who’s never had back pain that has changes on imaging. Scans are only recommended as part of the bigger picture when indicated.

Should I just rest and take it easy?

Painkillers and rest are no longer the recommended treatments for back pain. Keeping as active as possible is the best way forwards! Some people can be afraid of this, thinking they will be doming themselves damage. But this isn’t the case – lovment will actually help relieve your pain and speed up your recovery.

Will I need surgery?

Surgery is rarely recommended for back pain. For the vast majority of people it’s about rehab, getting active and getting fit. Less than 1% of people with back pain might be considered for surgery

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