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Neck and back pain is often poorly understood. Thankfully, whilst the incidence serious neck and spinal injuries is decreasing (e.g. through the change in scrum rules in rugby), back pain is still one of the commonest reasons for visiting the G.P. Many people are fearful of back pain, and lifestyle habits such as prolonged sitting and poor muscular conditioning can lead to overload of intervetebral discs and the small facet joints of the spine.

Occasionally a specific area of the spine can create pain, (e.g. herniation or ‘slipping’ of a disc, leading to sciatica). More commonly however, pain occurs because of multiple factors (e.g. areas of hyper and hypomobility at different levels in the spine, poor movement patterns, and abnormal function at other joints, e.g. the hips). Some sports which encourage lots of back extension e.g. tennis, can lead to unusual conditions, (e.g. pars stress fractures), whilst headaches can arise from neck and postural problems associated with desk work. If you’re in pain, get good guidance.

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