Back Pain

Versus Arthritis

Back pain is a very common problem and will affect many of us at some point during our lives.

 

The good news is that in most cases it isn’t a serious problem, and it might just be caused by a simple strain to a muscle or ligament.

 

As far as possible, it’s best to continue with your normal everyday activities as soon as you can and to keep moving.

 

As you grow older, the structures of your spine, such as the joints, discs and ligaments, age as well. The structures remain strong but it’s usual for your back to get stiffer as you get older.

 

Being active and exercising won’t make your back pain worse, even if you have a bit of pain and discomfort at first. Staying active will help you get better. Taking painkillers can help you do this.

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