Back Pain

About 8 in 10 people have one or more bouts of low back pain. In most cases, it is not due to a serious disease or serious back problem, and the exact cause of the pain is not clear. This is called nonspecific lower back pain. The usual advice is to keep active, and do normal activities as much as possible. Painkillers can help until the pain eases. In most cases, the pain disappears within six weeks but may come back (recur) from time to time. Chronic (persistent) pain develops in some cases and further treatment may then be needed.

Back Pain Advice
Click here to download back leaflet Back Pain – Advice
Back Pain – Exercises
Click here to download back pain exercises – Back-pain-pamphlet


Policy and guidance

Below is the new clinical policy for the treatment and management of Low Back Pain, based on the guidance from NICE published in 2017.

Low Back Pain and Sciatica_Policy v4.1 

Letter to NWL GPs_Practices PPwT Policy and Appdx Lower back pain 29Sept17