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Here are thirteen facts about back pain that you may not know.

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1. Back pain costs the NHS approximately £12.3 billion per year on back pain related costs, with £1.6 billion spent on treatments.

2. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, it is the second most common reason for visits to your GP.

3. Most back pain cases are mechanical and non-organic which basically means it’s NOT caused by a serious condition, but rather from poor posture and poor use of your body.

4. Low back pain is the second most reason to visit to your GP.

5. Back pain is the most frequent cause of limited activity in people younger than 45 years old.

6. Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. 30% of those will have recurring problems.

7. Most back pain goes away on its own, whether or not you treat it with medication or other therapies.

8. According to the Office for National Statistics, almost 31million work days were lost in the UK in 2016 due to musculoskeletal problems and back pain. 

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9. Bed rest is NOT helpful for the back pain.

10. Exercise is good and safe for back pain. 

11.  Maintaining a healthy weight will help prevent back pain. 

12. Surgery is rarely needed for back pain

13. Your back is stronger than you think.


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When you suffer from an injury or a long-term illness which leaves you less mobile, it can feel as if you are losing your independence and your ability to do what you want in life. Not being able to move as you used to can put a strain on your relationships and even leave you feeling introverted and shy. However, there are ways you can still feel happy and confident even if you are unable to move in the same way.

Get Moving

Although the single most prominent issue with being disabled is the struggle to move around, it does not mean that you should give up the idea of staying fit and healthy completely. With initiatives such as the Blue Badge Mobility Hire you can still go out alone and have the chance to live your life as you did before. Sure, you won’t necessarily be able to lift many weights in the gym anymore, but you can find different forms of activity to keep you fit. For example, you can take the time every weekend to go out into the countryside for a walk. You might not be able to walk too far, but it will still give you some fresh air and strengthen your muscles.

Use Water

The beauty of water is that it allows you to move around without putting that extra strain on your muscles. If you cannot leave weight on your hips or your knees, aqua aerobics could be the perfect way to keep fit and strengthen your muscles. It can allow you to stay fit, strong and have fun without hurting yourself. It is not too physically demanding for you and will always be available to you at your local pool. You can even ask your GP to refer you to an aquatic trainer.

Stretching and Dancing

Sometimes feeling independent and in control of your own life is more than just physical, it can also be mental. It has been proven that exercises like Yoga and dancing can be great for confidence building and for the soul. If you are having a difficult week and you aren’t sure what to do, you can go dancing and have some fun while meeting new friends, or perform gentle stretches and clear your mind. It is important to remember to take time out for yourself during the week because it will make you feel more in control. It will allow you to focus on your health and happiness, and in turn, you will feel more independent.

Eat Well

Remember that what you put into your body will have an effect on your health and how you feel moving around, it is simple science and means that if you do struggle to move around, you must take a little more care to add foods into your diet which will keep your joints healthy. For example oily fish contain amazing oils which will help keep your muscles lubricated and aid movement, so by eating at least one portion of oily fish a week, you will gain more independence.