Do you suffer from lower back pain? If your sore back affects your ability to get on with your day, you're not alone. Lower back pain is a very common problem that affects 80% of people at some time . Symptoms can vary from a dull ache to shooting pains or spasms in your lower back muscles, or your middle or upper back.
For most people, the good news is a sore back is usually temporary. And with the right management you will probably feel better in a few days or weeks.
Causes of back pain
Some of the most common causes of back pain are:
- Lifting incorrectly
- Overstretching during lifting, bending or twisting
- Bad posture
- Poor sleeping position or a sagging mattress
- Lack of exercise
Tips on relieving back pain
- Self-care: ice your back for 20 minutes every 1-2 hours when awake; making sure not to apply ice directly onto skin. For the first few days you should avoid applying heat to your back, or indulging in alcohol and massage (even if it feels nice).
- Stay active: keep up gentle movement if you can and stretch regularly.
- Keep moving: avoid staying in one position for long periods of time. The sooner you can move normally again, the better your back will feel.
- Control the pain: taking a pain reliever, like ibuprofen, provides temporary relief from inflammation and pain.
You have hundreds of joints in your body designed to give you support and help you move with ease. But if your joints have been damaged by an injury or disease, it can cause aches and pains that affect your ability to move around normally. Joint pain can be in a single joint or affect multiple joints at the same time
- Getting plenty of rest and staying comfortably warm
- Drinking plenty of water and non-alcoholic fluids
- Avoid bright environments
Causes of joint pain
Joint pain can be caused by many different injuries or conditions. Examples of joint pain include:
- Overuse, stress or direct trauma to the joint (e.g. repeated kneeling)
- Fractures that don't heal properly
- Tendonitis (inflammation and irritation of a tendon) attached to a joint
- Sprains and strains of a ligament (e.g. sport's injuries)
- Underlying disease (e.g. osteoarthritis, gout)
Tips on relieving joint pain
- Self-care: avoid moving your joint in ways that worsen the pain.
- Keep healthy: to help reduce stress to your joints.
- Stay active: regular, appropriate exercise, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises can help with joint pain relief.
- Seek immediate medical care if your joint pain is the result of an injury
- Control the pain: taking a pain reliever, like ibuprofen, provides temporary relief from pain and inflammation
Nurofen Joint & Back
Nurofen Joint & Back provides up to 8 hours pain relief from 1 dose*.
Nurofen's Joint & Back range has products that last up to 8 hours with 1 dose* so you can get on with your day.
Nurofen Joint & Back pills and gels contain ibuprofen which has anti-inflammatory properties that's effectively targets your back, joint & muscle pains. They provide long lasting pain relief, and are proven to be more effective than standard paracetamol*
Our range has a variety of formats including gels and patches to help you find the pain relief that you want.
*400mg dose, if pain persists for more than 6 weeks they should see their GP
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