The first was after an hour or so of playing touch rugby when we had almost finished, someone went down hurt after passing a ball. I went over to see what had happened, the player was clutching his lower back in pain on the floor and unable to stand up straight. It took a few minutes before he got up hunched over and clearly in a lot of discomfort. I was told by the players that his lower back had gone, but that he knew what to do as exactly the same back injury happened 4 or 5 times every year. He sighed and said that he wouldn't be able to play rugby for at least a month, which was normal when this happened. I asked who he was seeing about his back and he said no one.
This player thought that having multiple lower back injuries was normal or something that had to be accepted, maybe because he played a lot of rugby? Just in case anyone was wondering - although 80% of people suffer with some back pain during their lives, they should be rare events and when treated correctly should not come back. No one should be having this level of back problems whether a professional athlete or weekend warrior..... I'm confident that if I examined him I would find some severe restriction in his lumbar spine which could be released off giving him more movement and utilising the whole of his lower back, so reducing the strain on the remaining un-restricted joints.
The second was someone who I was talking to on a night out and wanted some reassurance. He told me he got back pain every morning after he had been standing on the train to go to work, and that it last all day till he got home and rested for a few hours. He was looking for reassurance that there was nothing that could be done for his problem and he was right not to be seeing anyone for his back problem!
Just because we get back pain every day does not mean it's part of our life's. It sounds like a postural issue which can be addressed with treatment, advise and appropriate exercises. If we adopt the incorrect posture we increase the pressure on the joints in the back and this can lead to a low grade ache when were standing as the muscles compensate for the joints being approximated.
Helping the spine to re-align into it's natural curves and correcting postural issues should relieve any pressure on the joints and mean a pain free day.