Patient guide for COVID-19

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The following is a guide to help you understand what you can do if you have an attack of back or neck pain during the COVID-19 crisis and are unsure of what to do.

This guide contains a number of questions. They will help you decide what you need to do to best help relieve your pain Please answer the questions as accurately as you can.

1. Have you had a serious fall or accident that caused your back pain?

Note : If your pain is making you feel low, unable to cope and affecting your mental health please call your spine care clinician or GP

2. Have you suffered from any of the following conditions:

  • inflammatory arthritis (not wear and tear osteoarthritis)
  • HIV
  • Tuberculosis
  • Serious neurological disease
  • Osteoporosis or are you taking steroids
Note : If your pain is making you feel low, unable to cope and affecting your mental health please call your spine care clinician or GP

3. Since the pain began have you lost control of your bowel or bladder?

Note : If your pain is making you feel low, unable to cope and affecting your mental health please call your spine care clinician or GP

4. Since the pain began are you suffering with any of the following:

  • Loss of balance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling in either one or both arms or legs
  • Pain in either one or both arms or legs?
Note : If your pain is making you feel low, unable to cope and affecting your mental health please call your spine care clinician or GP

If you have answered No to the questions so far then it is likely that your back pain is due to mechanical issues. This means that although it may be very painful it is likely that over time that the pain will resolve. You may need to talk to a clinician who specialises in the treatment/care of spinal disorders (chiropractor, osteopath, physio, GP) who will be able to give you advice on how to best manage your pain.

It is important that you try and remain active and continue with your normal routine as well as you are able, even though there may still be pain.

Below is a scale for you to rate the severity of your pain.

Decide which number most accurately describes your pain.
Click that number and then click ‘Next Step’

0 = No Pain
10 = Worst pain imaginable
Note : If your pain is making you feel low, unable to cope and affecting your mental health please call your spine care clinician or GP

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