Although common, back pain has many causes, and a quick drug fix is not the answer. But there are things you can do to get back on track.
And the good news is that the treatments may already exist.
Ibuprofen can be obtained easily from supermarkets without consulting a health care professional. While this may make it seem it's benign, it can have ill effects if used inappropriately.
It's long been thought anti-inflammatory painkillers need to be taken with food to protect the stomach. But a handbook for doctors has recently moved away from this advice.