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About three in 4 people have one or more bouts of back pain. Most soon ease and are not due to serious back problems. In most cases the usual advice is to keep active, and do normal activities as much as possible. Painkillers are helpful until the pain eases. Chronic (persistent) pain develops in some cases, and further treatment may then be needed. If simple painkillers aren’t doing the trick then book to see a GP.
Sussex MSK Partnership East is the local NHS organisation that manages the care and treatment of patients with bone, joint and muscle conditions (musculoskeletal or MSK for short). Our service also provides care and support for Rheumatology patients and those with chronic pain. MSK is short for “musculoskeletal”. This term covers problems, diseases and injuries relating to muscles, bones and joints.
Patients are referred to the service by their GP or other health practitioner and are assessed by our clinical team to determine the best care pathway for their individual needs and situation.
Some really good back exercises and information about current research
Explore this interactive guide to learn more about the different types of back pain, get advice on treatment and understand how to prevent back pain in the future.