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Back pain is a common problem, which affects four out of five of us at some point in our lifetime. It is often caused by a simple soft tissue strain and not by a serious problem. The majority of musculoskeletal conditions get better within six to eight weeks, although can sometimes persist longer. Exercise and lifestyle advice is the most effective way to manage your back pain, and assist toward recovery.

The getUbetter app is a really useful tool, designed to help you manage your back pain, and guide your recovery day-by-day. It offers you a symptom checker, management advice as well as video exercises. It also advises you when you may need to seek further help, and connects you to your local health service.

Other resources:

Below are a list of other resources, backed by research, designed to support you in taking action and helping you ease your pain. The advice and exercises outlined are safe to start at home unless otherwise indicated by a healthcare professional:

Managing Back Pain – ESCAPE Back