Back pain is big business – it’s one of the most common ailments and it will affect almost everyone sometime in their life. It is often very difficult to diagnose exactly what caused a particular bout of back pain, and advice for treatment seems to change as often as the wind, possibly in part because no common cause has been identified. Most experts now agree that moderate exercise is good for back pain and common advice is that it will gradually get better by itself.
However, all that is about to change. Chronic back pain has been linked to bacteria, making it easily curable with common antibiotics.
Up to 40% of patients with chronic back pain could be cured with a course of antibiotics rather than surgery, in a medical breakthrough that one spinal surgeon says is worthy of a Nobel prize.
The bug Propionibacterium acnes which usually cases acne has been found in many patients with chronic lower back pain. These little nasties get into the bloodstream when brushing your teeth and can make their way into the tiny blood vessels that grow into slipped discs, causing debilitating pain.
Of course, acute back pain is not going to be affected by the anitbiotics, so keep your back healthy