23 Dec '11, 11am

What you should know about back pain | Fit To Post Health - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

What you should know about back pain | Fit To Post Health - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Most people will have back pain at some point in their lives (Thinkstock photo) Our back muscles are some of the most frequently used in our bodies. They hold us upright against gravity, carry our body weight and move us around. And just like us, they can get tired and overworked. When that happens, our spine compensates and does extra work, causing pain. Back pain is a very common problem in Singapore, according to Dr Tan Kian Hian , consultant at the Department of Anaesthesiology , and director of the Pain Management Centre at Singapore General Hospital . "About 90 per cent of the population will have had pain in the back at some point in their lives," says Tan. "Fortunately, most cases can be resolved without treatment within six to 12 weeks." When to see a doctor Typically caused by muscle strains, acute back pain usually lasts less than three months. If the pain inter...

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