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Types of Back Pain and How to Manage them

  • Back pain is a common problem experienced by people of all ages.
  • Low back pain is particularly common, though people can experience both upper and lower back pain.
  • Most people with back pain will recover quickly, however for some people, back pain can become persistent and debilitating if it’s not properly addressed.

What is back pain?

Back pain refers to pain or stiffness in your back, usually originating in the spine or the muscles that support it. Back pain is usually not caused by anything serious, and will improve over time if managed appropriately.

Signs and symptoms of back pain

Along with pain or stiffness, you may also experience difficulty or pain with moving. Back pain can also be accompanied by pain in your buttocks or legs, or pins and needles or numbness in one of your legs or feet.

Causes of back pain

More often than not, the cause of low back pain is unknown. Using your back differently or more than normal, like heavy lifting or exercise, can cause back pain to start. Back pain might also start after a fall or collision. Back pain is rarely caused by a serious injury or disease.

There are some lifestyle factors and activities that may be linked to back pain. These include:

  • Work that involves lifting, bending and awkward postures
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or out of shape
  • Poor mental health

How to relieve back pain

Most back pain should get better relatively quickly. You can apply hot or cold packs to help relieve pain, whichever work best for you. Exercise and massage might also be helpful.

While you should limit activities that worsen your discomfort, it’s important to keep active and avoid bed rest as this can actually make symptoms worse. Try to get back to work and your usual daily activities as soon as possible.

Why Ibuprofen can help

Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Taking ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation and provide back pain relief. Depending on the source of your back pain, you should consult your pharmacist or doctor as to whether a Nurofen® Duralast™ patch or an oral medication is suitable.



This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health-related matters, always consult your healthcare professional.


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