Lower back pain is the biggest cause of disability worldwide and is only going to increase due to prolific smartphone and tablet use. Back pain can be extraordinarily painful, yet is rarely life threatening, but can worsen other existing or underlying conditions.
I’m rarely unwell, but when I am I tend to want to see a GP as soon as possible. No hanging around, riding it out or seeing what further symptoms present for me. Think frantic Googling, then straight on the phone to the doctor’s surgery. If I can’t get seen quickly, I’ve used a couple of the (now many) doctor-on-demand services available and have been impressed with the speed and service most of the time.
Picture this: you’re concerned you have the early signs of skin cancer. You use software where a machine learning algorithm can diagnose your condition and ninety percent of the time it’s successful.
Except for you it’s not.