Take note, some NHS physiotherapists accept appointments without a doctor’s referral.
Private treatment from a physiotherapist is also an alternative.
A GP, specialist or physiotherapist may propose other treatments if the self-care measures aren’t helping to minimise back pain. Possible recommendations include:
Group exercise classes – where you’re taught exercises to strengthen your muscles and improve your posture.
Manual therapy – treatments such as manipulating the spine and massage, usually carried out by physiotherapists, chiropractors or osteopaths.
Psychological support, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – this can be a useful part of treatment if you’re struggling to cope with the pain.
Bupa says: “There’s no evidence that back supports, braces or insoles help treat or prevent back pain so doctors don’t generally recommend them.”