Back pain is very common and normally improves within a few weeks or months. Pain in the lower back is particularly common, although it can be felt anywhere along the spine – from the neck down to the hips. There are things you can do to help relieve it. But sometimes the pain can last a long time or keep coming back.
Low back pain is very common and rarely caused by something serious. It is very much like the common cold, or a headache. There are lots of different factors that contribute to low back pain that can involve physical aspects, lifestyle aspects and mental aspects. For example, if we are a bit stressed, a bit run down, not sleeping well and not exercising enough but spending long periods sitting or bending and lifting then we can develop back pain.
The thoracic spine is made up of 12 vertebrae and it’s role is mainly to provide stability for the flexible neck and lower back as well as protecting the internal organs.
Sciatica refers to leg pain from the back down the back of the leg and to the ankle from an irritation of the sciatic nerve. Causes of Sciatica vary and can include problems with muscles, joints and discs. Sciatica can begin suddenly and symptoms may come and go or be constant.