Low back pain is the leading cause of long term disability worldwide. The lifetime incidence of low back pain is 58-84%, and 11% of men and 16% of women have chronic low back pain. Back pain accounts for 7% of GP consultations and results in the loss of 4.1 million working days a year. More than 30% of people still have clinically significant symptoms after a year after onset of sciatica.
The guidelines set out by the NICE institute replaces the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline on early management of low back pain in adults (2009) and expands its remit. It summarises the updated recommendations from NICE for the assessment and management of low back pain and sciatica. For a visual summary, please see the infographic here.
For a full set of guidance and to stay up to date with the latest information on how to manage lower back pain using scientific evidence and research please see the direct link here which explains simply how to best manage your pain.
Our own personal advice centres around a conservative treatment plan. Many people believe that a scan and surgery are the best option but this is not always the case. In extreme circumstances, surgery may be advised, but the likelihood of this being necessary is extremely slim and a well structured exercise programme would be sufficient in reducing your pain and getting you back to full functional fitness. Check out our Instagram link here for a really simple way to help manage pain in the short term and get some temporary relief.
For more information on how you can manage your symptoms please contact us at Bodylogics and arrange to speak with a member of our Team who will be happy to offer advice and help.