Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Easing the Pain

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Easing the Pain

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Q How prevalent is back pain and what symptoms do people usually present with? A Generally people with back pain have general discomfort or stiffness and it can be anywhere along the spine, from the neck down to the hips. The most common causes we see include strains from lifting, poor posture and sitting for long periods.

Back pain is an extremely common condition, with an estimated four out of five people in the UK* experiencing back pain at some point.

Q What is the best treatment for back pain? A When you visit LloydsPharmacy with back pain, the pharmacist will talk to you about the cause, the pain you are feeling and how best to treat the pain.

For those with back pain, perhaps a strained muscle or trapped nerve, over-the-counter painkillers or gels combined with a drug-free treatment such as a TENS machine or hot and cold compression packs are often the best treatment. It's also important to keep active as resting for long periods is likely to make the pain worse. …

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