Acute back pain in your back can immobilise you for months. It can cause absenteeism from work, important social occasions and put an end to any activities you enjoy. Acute back pain creates misery in any household and can have a negative impact on your family and friends.

What causes acute back pain?

Your back is a complex, highly interconnected structure that has many different facets. There are a number of factors that can cause back pain, relating to muscle damage, nerve damage or interconnecting structural damage. Some more common chronic back pain causes can include:

  • standing, sitting or bending down for long periods of time
  • lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling loads that are too heavy
  • having a trip or a fall
  • being stressed
  • being overweight
  • having poor posture

Chronic back pain can be the result of more serious, underlying issues like a fracture, a slipped disc, arthritis or osteoporosis. You should seek medical help if you feel that your chronic back pain might be the result of a more serious condition.

What are the symptoms of acute back pain?

If you’re suffering from severe pain in your back that lasts longer than a few weeks, this could be the sign of chronic back pain. You should seek medical advice as soon as possible to avoid longer lasting damage. Strong back pain can last for many months.

What can you do to ease acute back pain?

1. Stay active

Surprisingly, resting your back can actually make the pain worse. As much as you can tolerate the pain, try to stay active and carry on your normal routine.

2. Relieve your muscles

There are a number of hot and cold remedies that can help soothe the misery-causing muscles in your back. Nurofen Back Pain Heat Patches (coming soon) provide a warming comfort to back pain.

3. Try an holistic approach

Physical therapies like physiotherapy, acupuncture or osteopathy can work well for many acute back pain sufferers. The therapies can involve deep tissue massage, exercise advice and stretching techniques to help manage and recover from pain.

4. Take medication

Over the counter medication with ibuprofen can provide effective, anti-inflammatory relief for acute pain, however it is best to consult your healthcare professional with regards to taking medication for chronic pain.

Nurofen products for acute back pain relief:

Talk to your pharmacist for acute back pain options.

Do not use if you have a stomach ulcer.

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If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

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