How Physiotherapy Can Help With Your Back Pain
Back pain affects 85% of the population at some point throughout their lives. It is the most common musculoskeletal issue experienced by those under the age of 45, and the most expensive health care problem for those aged between 20 and 50 years.
But, did you know that only 1-2% of back pain has an identifiable cause that is shown on X-Ray or MRI findings – these include fractures, tumours and nerve root compressions. Infact, it is for this reason that investigations are generally NOT required, and associated with poorer outcomes if not appropriately investigated.
So, what causes back pain?
Most commonly, a tightness in your muscles or joints, caused by a series of muscle imbalances – tight muscles and weak muscles – that occurs through a lack of movement variety. For example, a significant portion of back pain results from tightness through the hips and gluteals, triggered by extended periods of sitting.
Your physiotherapist can quickly ease your back pain by alleviating tightness through these muscles and joints. They may use a combination of techniques including massage, joint mobilisations, manipulation or dry needling. Furthermore, they can identify the underlying areas of tightness and weakness that caused your pain. In turn, they can prescribe you a series of exercises aimed to address these areas of dysfunction to stop your pain from recurring.
The physiotherapists at Move Physiotherapy have years of experience in treating back pain. We offer longer initial assessments in order to provide a comprehensive assessment, clear diagnosis and detailed treatment plan to get you out of your pain and back to the activities you love the most in the quickest timeframe.
To book your appointment, follow the link here or at the top of the page to our Book Online page. Alternatively, you can call the clinic of 08 6113 8062.
LOW BACK PAIN FLOWCHART
The above flowchart is a basic guide for self-diagnosing your lower back pain. Please click on the picture to expand the image.
Based on the mechanism and history behind your lower back pain it aims to provide you with an insight into your potential diagnosis. However, please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list of pathologies that can result in low back pain. This flowchart is simply a guide on the most common causes of short term lower back pain, such as discogenic pain, facet joint sprains and muscle strains. It also outlines common causes of sciatica including nerve root irritations and piriformis syndrome.
It is important that if you are experiencing neurological symptoms that are extending into both legs (e.g. pins and needles, numbness, weakness) that you consult a physiotherapist or medical practitioner immediately as this may be a sign of a more sinister pathology.
If you are experiencing recurrent pain it is important to get this assessed by your physiotherapist. Minor incidents of pain should be treated as a warning sign of a potentially more significant event.
Also bear in mind, that if you are dealing with chronic/long term lower back pain, we need to shift our focus towards ‘why’ structures in your back are becoming overloaded/tight/painful. With more chronic conditions, our treatment will be aimed towards appropriate exercise rehabilitation to strengthen muscles (e.g. core or glutes) which will reduce the strain being placed onto your lower back.
Move Physiotherapy Fremantle are your experts in back pain physiotherapy. Click the link at the top of the page or follow the link here to book your appointment online.