Back pain exercises

This leaflet provides general information about back pain and simple exercises that may help. It explains how the back works, what causes back pain and what can be done to help.

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Back pain is common but most cases aren’t caused by a serious problem.

Most cases of back pain get better on their own within a few weeks. It's important that you stay active, as bed rest for more than a couple of days makes it harder to get going. Gradually increase your normal activities and do regular exercise.

Take painkillers if needed so you can stay active. Your pain should ease within 2 weeks and you should recover over approximately a 4–6 week period. 

Download the leaflet below for a series of simple exercises to help ease your back pain and prevent future symptoms. You should carry on with the exercises for at least 6–8 weeks to help prevent another injury. If the pain is severe or not improving after a week or so then consult a doctor.

For more health advice from physiotherapists see leaflets and guides.