What is Back pain?
It's common to experience back pain at some point in life, but it often improves within weeks or months, and medical treatment may not be needed.
If you're experiencing pain, taking a break or using over-the-counter painkillers may be sufficient. However, if you're concerned or the pain persists, our doctors can provide guidance, comfort, and treatment options.
Are some people more susceptible to Back pain?
People of all ages can be affected by back pain, but it becomes more common as you age due to the regular wear and tear of daily life.
Back pain can be caused by a strain or injury, an existing condition like fibromyalgia, or being overweight. If you are experiencing any of these, it could be the reason for your discomfort.
Individuals with a sedentary job, particularly those working at a desk, may be more likely to develop back pain. Additionally, engaging in high-impact physical activities or exercise without proper warm-up could result in the risk of injuring the back. We will explore additional factors contributing to back pain later in this page.
Back Pain Symptoms
The symptoms of back pain can vary depending on the source and location of the discomfort. Whether it's a sudden onset or a gradual development, the intensity of the pain can range from a dull ache to severe agony. Moving around may exacerbate the pain, while lying down could provide some relief. It's worth noting that the experience of back pain is unique to each individual.
Types of Back pain
Lower back pain (lumbago)
Lower back pain ranges from mild to severe and may occur suddenly or gradually over time. It commonly affects young people with physically demanding jobs and the elderly. In some cases, the pain may resolve on its own, while in others, it may become a chronic condition.
Upper and middle back pain
What can Back pain be a symptom of?
As previously mentioned, back pain can stem from a variety of reasons. Typically, it is not a cause for alarm and will resolve independently without medical intervention. However, there are instances where the discomfort may be linked to an underlying issue, such as:
Intervertebral Disc Displacement: The cartilage disc between spinal bones might shift, bulge, herniate, or rupture, leading to nerve pressure and back pain. Treatment often involves pain relief and physiotherapy.
Ankylosing Spondylitis: A form of arthritis causing vertebrae fusion, restricting spinal movement and resulting in a rigid back.
Renal Issues: Discomfort in the back near the waist (kidney region) could stem from kidney infection, urinary tract infection, or kidney stones, causing pain on either side.
Sciatica: Irritation of the nerve from the pelvis to the feet leads to back pain, leg, buttock, or groin pain, tingling, or numbness.
Osteoporosis: Bones weaken, causing spine compression fractures and severe back pain.
Spinal Infections: Infections by fungi or bacteria like staphylococcus, tuberculosis, or E. coli can affect the spine.
Cancer or Tumor: Uncommon, but back pain might signal cancer or a benign growth.
Pregnancy: Among women, back pain, particularly in late pregnancy, can result from the growing baby's impact.
When to see a doctor about Back pain
Talk to your doctor if you have back pain and other symptoms, including:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Difficulty weeing or pooing
- Numbness around your legs, genitals or bottom
- A fever
- Swelling in your back
- Chest pain
- When it occurs as a result of head trauma, such as a fall or bang.
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
If your back pain does not go away within six weeks after resting up, you should see a doctor.
You can easily connect with a doctor from Mobi Doctor through any device, whether at home, work or on the go. They will have a video consultation with you, listen to your symptoms and recommend the appropriate treatment to help you feel better faster.
Back pain treatments
Our medical professionals will guide you through appropriate solutions for your back pain. This could involve medication or advice on preventive measures.
At-home care might encompass exercises for back pain, gentle stretches, or other motions, as a doctor recommends. Engaging in regular, mild physical activities like swimming or pilates could contribute to the alleviation of your back pain. Maintaining proper posture—during daily tasks, desk work, or TV time—can also be beneficial.
Staying physically active is crucial, as exercise aids in fortifying your back muscles and preventing future issues.
If you're carrying excess weight, it could be influencing your back pain. Engaging in exercise and adopting a nutritious diet can facilitate weight loss, lowering the risk of developing back pain.
How can Mobi Doctor help with Back pain?
If you're experiencing back pain, you can schedule an appointment with a doctor at a convenient time. Our team of doctors is available all seven days a week and can provide advice, diagnosis, and treatment tailored to your back condition. If you require further treatment, such as physiotherapy, they can also refer you to a specialist who can help.
What we can't prescribe
Our doctors will always prioritize your well-being and provide you with the treatment that they deem most beneficial.
It is essential to know that the doctor cannot prescribe diazepam, tramadol, or codeine.
We issue prescriptions at the discretion of our consulting doctors.