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Claudia Jackson (RN)
Dr Waseem Mohi
Next Review: Sep 1, 2025
Back pain, particularly lower back pain (lumbago), is a common condition that affects around a third of the UK population each month. There are many different causes of back pain, and it often goes away without treatment, but it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
Symptoms of back pain include:
Back pain has many causes. Mechanical back pain is caused by problems with the bones, muscles, ligaments, discs, or nerves in the spine.
Non-mechanical back pain is caused by an underlying illness or problems with nearby organs such as the kidneys.
Some common causes of mechanical back pain include:
Most back pain can be treated at home and resolves within a few weeks. If your back pain is mild, some things you can do to treat symptoms yourself include:
Your doctor may prescribe medications to help with back pain. These may include:
Other treatments for back pain include:
If back pain is severe, or if other treatments haven’t worked, your doctor may recommend surgery.
An online doctor is a great place to start if you have back pain. Our doctors will ask you about your general health, symptoms, and any other medications you are taking. They can advise on treating your symptoms at home, prescribe or recommend medication to help with back pain, or suggest further investigations if necessary.
Making an online video appointment is quick and easy at Medicspot. Simply click the link, choose a time and day that suits you, and have your consultation via video link from your phone wherever you are.
A consultation with one of our NHS-trained GPs costs £59 and appointments are available Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm.
For mild to moderate back pain, a pharmacist can help. Your pharmacist can recommend over-the-counter medications to relieve back pain and check your medical history to make sure they are safe for you to take. Your pharmacist can also recommend other products to help with back pain such as ice packs, hot water bottles, and topical creams and gels.
Back pain is a common, but often troublesome complaint that may impact your day-to-day life or prevent you from doing the things you enjoy. The good news is, there are a wide range of treatments available. If you are experiencing back pain, don’t suffer in silence. Talk to a doctor today about finding a treatment that is right for you.
NHS: Back Pain June 10th 2022 (Accessed October 12th 2022)
PubMed: Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain June 17th 2006 (Accessed October 12th 2022)
Harvard Health Publishing: If you have low back pain try these steps first April 3rd 2017 (Accessed October 12th 2022)
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Back pain – low (without radiculopathy) February 2022 (Accessed October 12th 2022)
NIH. Nationals Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Lower back pain fact sheet March 2020 (Accessed October 12th 2022)
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