When we think of Chronic Back pain most people think of pain that has been persistent for years. This is not the case however as the definition of Chronic pain is pain that lasts for a minimum of 12 weeks or longer, this can be even after the initial pain has settled. On average approximately 20% of patients that initially present with acute low back pain end up with Chronic pain one year later.
Unfortunately the majority of adults in Ireland will experience back pain at some stage in their life, myself included. I am always surprised at the amount of uncertainty out there among people about what treatment is best for reducing your pain and for managing it long term. Currently in Ireland mismanaged back pain causes 26 days lost productivity in the under 50’s. 48% of Irish people admit to having back pain lasting more than 5 years and a staggering 68% have an episode of pain at least once a week. With those stats in mind I have put together some simple tips for managing your back pain.
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