Lower back pain is the most common type of back pain, although it can impact anywhere along the spine.
In most cases, your back pain won’t be caused by anything serious, and can be relieved by making some small lifestyle changes.
Staying active or taking anti-inflammatory painkillers may help to reduce backache, and speed up your recovery.
But, you could also relieve back pain by taking omega-3 fish oil supplements, a nutritionist has revealed.
Omega-3 supplements can reduce the painful symptoms of backache by reducing inflammation, according to Healthspan’s Medical Director, Dr Sarah Brewer.
Inflammation is a major cause of painful joints, and contributes to back pain.
“Omega-3 fish oils, or cod liver oil can help reduce inflammation to improve back stiffness and pain,” said Brewer.
“Devil’s claw is a natural pain-killer that appears to be as effective in reducing low back pain as a prescribed anti-inflammatory drug’.
“Almost any activity can cause backache, including housework, gardening and over-vigorous exercise although it’s most common in those whose work involves heavy lifting or carrying, sitting in one position, or bending awkwardly.
“If you are overweight and unfit, poor muscle tone also increases the risk as your back is not getting the support it needs.
“Surprisingly, both current and former smokers are also more likely to develop back pain.”
Back pain may be the result of an injury, but more often than not, it occurs for no reason, the NHS added.
But, you should speak to a GP immediately if you have back pain and numbness, or tingling, around the genitals, or chest pain.
If you have severe back pain, some treatments may help to reduce symptoms, or prevent it from returning.
Some group exercise classes aim to teach you how to strengthen your muscles and improve your posture.
Chiropractors or osteopaths may manipulate the spine to prevent backache.
Surgery is only considered in a very small number of cases – usually if the pain is caused by an underlying medical condition.
You may be able to prevent back pain by keeping active, the NHS said.
Adults are advised to do at least 150 minutes of exercise every week.
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