Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. Back pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may radiate into the arms and hands as well as the legs or feet, and may include symptoms other than pain. These symptoms may include tingling, weakness or numbness.
In the UK, acute lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for GP visits. About nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of ten working adults have back pain every year. Not all treatments work for all conditions or for all individuals with the same condition, and many find that they need to try several treatment options to determine what works best for them.
In this programme presented by Georgina Burnett we look at the latest innovations in back pain treatment and hear the views of family GP and television personality Dr Chris Steele, Dr Brian Hammond and Dr Adam Al-Kashi (from Back Care, the charity for healthier backs), Catherine Goodyear (Chief Operating Officer, British Osteopathic Association), Dr Dawn Carnes (National Council for Osteopathic Research), Tanith Hamm (Osteopath), Clive Lathey (Osteopath & Sports Scientist, The Putney Clinic) and Davy Snowdon (Former Olympic Weightlifting World Record Holder).
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