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Centre for Orthopaedics
Suite 10-33/34/35 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore, 329563, Singapore
Ph: (65) 6684 5828
Fax: (65) 6684 5829

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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My doctor told me not to seek treatment for low back pain unless it lasts more than six weeks. This is very distressing because I want to do something about it now.

Your doctor is following the latest guidelines on the treatment of acute (new) back pain. Research shows most people get better on their own in the first two or three weeks. The best advice is to keep moving and active despite the pain.

Seeking treatment usually means care from a chiropractor, physical therapist, acupuncturist or other conservative practitioner. It doesn't mean you can't treat your current symptoms. Many doctors advise the use of over-the-counter pain relievers. Ice in the early days and heat later may also help. Rest for a day or two is okay but overall, it's clear that activity is the best medicine.


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