Back Pain

back-pain

Back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions in Australia.

Research shows that it will affect 80% of people of all ages at some stage in their life.

Factors that contribute to lumbar spine injuries are:

  • A sudden forceful movement

  • Improper lifting techniques

  • Twisting of the back

  • Prolonged sitting

  • Lack of conditioning – this can cause the back to ‘give out’ during physical exercise or work activities

  • Underlying structural problems such as disc bulges, nerve entrapment or arthritis

The most common symptoms of back sprain or strain are:

  • Pain in the back (upper or lower) and referred pain to the buttocks or legs

  • Spinal muscle spasm

  • Pain with activity that generally settles with rest

Physiotherapy treatment for your back pain

The goal of physiotherapy is to provide relief from the symptoms, normalise joint and soft tissue mobility, and establish an effective exercise program that works for you. During the examination, your physiotherapist will evaluate the progression of symptoms, mechanism of the injury, posture and assess prior level of function.

A physical examination will assess the range of motion of your spine and extremities, strength, symmetry and tension signs.

Treatment may involve hands-on therapy including massage and joint mobilisation. Stretching exercises may be recommended to help gain mobility, and your physio will advise you on posture correction, strengthening and core stability conditioning.

Our aim is to return you to normal daily activities as soon as possible.

If your back pain persists … see one of our experienced physiotherapists.

Call us on (02) 9955 8766 to book your appointment today