Physiotherapy - Low Back Pain - Leaflet

This leaflet explains what you can do to help you recover from low back pain and return to your normal activities as soon as possible. It is aimed at people who have had low back pain (which can also affect the upper part of the legs) for more than six weeks, but less than a year.

It isn’t for people whose back pain is caused by:

  • cancer, a fracture, an infection or inflammatory disease (such as ankylosing spondylitis)
  • irritation or compression of nerves that mainly affects the legs

If you have any of the following symptoms as well as low back pain, see your GP immediately: muscle weakness in your legs; reduced feeling in your legs, buttocks or genital area; problems with bladder or bowel function; feeling generally unwell.

Release Date: 31 Mar 2014