Conditions that can cause back pain include:
These conditions are treated differently to non-specific back pain. Click the links to find out more.
Very rarely, back pain can be a sign of a serious problem such as:
If you see your GP or Physiotherapist with back pain, they will look for signs of these.
Back pain will usually improve within a few weeks or months. There are several things you can try to help reduce your pain in the meantime.
There are also some specialist treatments that may be recommended if it’s through simple measures aren’t likely to be effective on their own.
See your GP or a physiotherapist if your pain isn’t improving despite trying simple treatments.
The main treatments for back pain are described below. You can also read a summary of the pros and cons of back pain treatments, to compare the options.
You can self-refer into community physiotherapy services. Simply call 0207 871 0545 to make an appointment. Your initial contact with one of our chartered physiotherapists may be over the phone, where you will either be given advice on appropriate treatment, or a face-to-face consultation will be arranged.
Should you wish to speak to your GP first, simply make an appointment with your local practice. If your GP refers you, one of our patient care advisers will contact you within 48 hours to arrange an appointment.