Back Pain


Find information on what causes back pain. Discover the symptoms, treatment, diagnosis and risk factors for chronic back ache, spinal injuries and back diseases that cause pain. Get advice from chiropractors, ergonomics experts and physiotherapists and learn about when surgery can be beneficial.

What is back pain?

Backache is second only to headache as the most common cause of pain.

Symptoms of back pain

Symptoms of spinal problems may include restriction of movement, numbness in the legs and dizziness.

Treating back pain

Learn more about home treatment, medication, physical therapy, surgery and more on treating back pain.

Who gets back pain?

Between 60% and 80% of the population gets back pain at some stage in their lives.

Diagnosing back pain

When diagnosing back pain, your doctor will take a medical history and ask a number of questions related to your health.

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Susan qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990, and completed her master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Pretoria. She has a special interest in human biomechanics, as well as the interaction between domestic and work-related ergonomics.

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