back pain

GP training in Portsmouth

Last month Jonathan, Naomi & Philippa ran a seminar in back pain management as part of the training of GP trainees at St James’ Hospital, Portsmouth. This is something Back2Health has been involved in providing since 2007. Back pain can be worrying and can have a big impact on day-to-day life. Current reports from the World Health Organisation show that in Western Europe, low back pain is now the single largest cause of disability, affecting an estimated 9.8 million people (1). Across the world, low back pain is found to be the sixth biggest cause of years lost through either […]


  Why do children and young people develop back pain? Babies cut their first tooth generally around 6 months old- which is when we, as parents, start encouraging them to take care of their teeth, and showing them how to do so. We do this because it is ingrained in us that we need to brush (at least) twice daily, floss, and use mouthwash to keep our teeth and gums healthy, and avoid dental problems.  But yet no one encourages us to take care of our spines from such a young age.  What would happen if we did?  Would it lead […]

What is pain?

Pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”(IASP, 2010), which is an interesting concept in itself as the definition clearly states that pain can be tangible, or that simply the potential for damage is there. The amount of pain you experience does not relate to the severity of the injury you have sustained- think how painful a paper cut can be even though it is a relatively minor injury! Similarly, we can continue to experience pain long after the original cause has resolved, simply […]

Are you lifting comfortably?

Injury prevention and rapid return to work of injured workers is a major focus of industries throughout the world, predominantly because back injury represents an enormous cost in both money and suffering. The past 20 years have shown a significant decrease in the number of days lost from work due to sickness and injury; minor illnesses were the most common reason given for sickness absence but more days were lost to back, neck and muscle pain than any other cause, accounting for 31 million working days lost in 2013.   This means that reducing injury at work is crucial, for […]