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Discitis (Low Back Pain) : Overview



Back pain is very common and normally improves within a few weeks or months.
Pain in the lower back (lumbago) is particularly common, although it can be felt anywhere along the spine – from the neck down to the hips.
In most cases the pain isn't caused by anything serious and will usually get better over time.
There are things you can do to help relieve it. But sometimes the pain can last a long time or keep coming back.
Back pain usually gets better on its own within a few weeks or months and you may not need to see a doctor or other healthcare professional.
Your GP, specialist or physiotherapist may recommend extra treatments if they don't think your pain will improve with self-help measures alone.
These may include group exercise classes, manual therapy , spine and massage usually carried out by physiotherapists, chiropractors or osteopaths.
Psychological support, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – this can be a useful part of treatment if you're struggling to cope with the pain.
Surgery is generally only considered in the small number of cases where back pain is caused by a specific medical condition.

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