Our Symptom checker provides clinical advice on what to do next based on your symptoms.
What causes back pain?
Information on causes of back pain, including activities that can trigger it, factors that increase the risk of developing back pain, and links to resources.
Back pain is common and affects most people at some point in their life. Learn about its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.
Back pain self-care
If you have back pain, there are things you can do to help manage the condition, including moving, using hot and cold treatments, and taking care at work.
Is my back pain serious?
Information on how to decide whether your back pain is serious, about the different symptoms, when to get medical help, and links to trusted resources.
Back pain diagnosis and treatment
Find out how a doctor diagnoses the cause of back pain and how to treat it, including with pain relief medication, physical therapy, acupuncture and self-care.
Back pain prevention
To prevent back pain, you need to reduce excess stress and strain on your back – for example, with good posture, sleeping, exercise, and lifting and handling.
Spinal disc problems
Problems with your spinal discs can lead to back pain, sciatica and other problems. Learn about the causes and treatment options for spinal disc problems.
A laminectomy is recommended to ease back pain but only if alternative treatments such as physiotherapy and medication have not worked.
Spondylolisthesis is a problem with the back that can cause lower back pain and muscle tightness. Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatment options.
Aches and pains
Pain is a part of life, but it shouldn't stop you from living. Learn about the types of pain including back pain, headaches, and swelling in the groin, as well as pain relief such as paracetamol.