back pain


Most back problems start for no obvious reason, which can be very frustrating. At times back pain can be caused by:

  • staying in one position too long
  • lifting something awkwardly
  • a flare-up of an existing problem

Back problems can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • stiffness
  • muscle spasms
  • hot, burning, shooting or stabbing pains in your back and sometimes into one or both of your legs
  • pins and needles sensation due to nerve irritation

In many cases, new or flare-up of long-standing back problems should begin to settle within six weeks without the need to see a healthcare professional.