WHAT IS BACK PAIN?
Back pain, especially lower back pain, is quite common in Australia, with one in 6 Australians reported back problems. It usually feels like an ache, tension or stiffness. It can come and go quickly or can persist over a period of time (as long as three months). Even though most people with back pain don’t have significantly damaged spines, the pain can have significant impacts on all aspects of life.
Besides limitation to daily activities, people living with persistent back pain can develop a fear of movement that also leads to stress, anxiety, frustration and depression.
WHAT IS NECK PAIN?
Neck pain is the pain located in the upper part of the spine. The pain might spread from the neck towards the shoulders or upper back, and may even go to the arms. It may signify that the joints, muscles or other parts of the neck are injured, strained or not working properly. Many people suffer from neck pain, approximately half of all individuals having it at some time in their lives. But this is not always a sign of arthritis or any other serious medical problem.
WHAT IS SHOULDER PAIN?
Shoulder pain is the tenderness and swelling in your shoulder that cause pain, decrease range of motion and joint stability
WHAT ARE COMMON BACK PAIN SYMPTOMS?
Back pain can be located anywhere along the spine.
WHAT ARE COMMON NECK PAIN SYMPTOMS?
You may feel pain in the middle or on either side of your neck, but it may also extend to the shoulder or to the upper chest.
WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF BACK AND NECK PAIN?
- Heavy lifting
- Repetitive manual lifting/handling
- Poor posture (sitting, standing, or sleeping)
- Sudden awkward movement
- Inactive lifestyle
- Poor postures
- Being overweight or obese
- Due to aging
- Tension / trigger points
See a doctor immediately if the pain comes with additional symptoms such as fever, chills, weakness in the leg, weight loss, a recent injury to the back.
WHAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF I HAVE BACK AND NECK PAIN?
- Heavy lifting
- Negative feelings about chances of recovery
- Prolonged sitting and poor postures
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