What is spinal pain? Spinal pain may sound scary, but it is simple pain felt somewhere in your neck or back. Pain can be sharp, dull, throbbing, lancinating and many others. More than 80% of the population experience back and neck pain at some point in their life. Back and neck pain can affect anyone irrespective of age, geographical location, shape, gender and physical fitness. Good news is that for most people their pain will resolve quickly and completely within 6-12 weeks with no ongoing pain or tissue damage. You may get pain after strenuous activity, after and accident or sometimes with no obvious reason. In fact in 95% of people, the exact cause for the pain can not be determined. Pain is important Pain is an important protective system used to alert and defend us from harm or threat. Where does pain come from? Pain is a response from our BRAIN for the perceived threat. There is a misconception that pain travels from the affected or damaged tissues towards the brain. Actually the messages from the damaged or injured area are only DANGER MESSAGE for which the brain respond with PAIN. HOW CAN I HELP MYSELF? MOVE: Our body is mode to move, so try to stay as active as tolerated. PACE YOURSELF Try having regular rests between activities to stay in control of your pain. Your health provider will also help you produce a plan. Be positive Try to stay positive and concentrate on things you can do; Research shows that this can help you get better faster. RELAX: Try to do things that help you relax such as listening to music, going for a gentle walk or doing some meditation. When to talk to your health provider? Talk to your health provider if you experience any of these following • Pins and needles or numbness in your arms or legs or groin area • Any loss of muscle strength or power • Bladder or bowel incontinence • Any walking or balance difficulties • New symptom or worsening symptom. You should also discuss any concerns regarding: • Exercising with your pain • Re-injury • Anxiety, worry or fears • Occupational workload • Posture • Other symptoms you think may be associated with your back pain. Early identification and management of these factors have been shown to improve recovery and reduce the likelihood of ongoing pain.