BACK PAIN

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Everything you need to know about Back Pain and Waist Pain … And what solutions it may offer YOU

LOW BACK PAIN

Low back pain is a relatively common complaint that may be caused by a number of conditions and circumstances. In many cases, low back pain is the result of strain, overuse, poor biomechanics, work place, or posture. However, low back pain can also be caused by underlying conditions affecting certain parts of the hip that can be missed. When this occurs, the underlying condition must be treated to restore proper alignment and functioning. Medical professionals such as physiotherapist will work to identify potential causes of low back pain to design and implement an appropriate treatment.

There are several conditions that may be related to your low back pain, such as:

  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Fractures
  • Herniated disk
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis

How Can a Physiotherapist Help Treat My Low Back Pain?

Your physiotherapist can help you improve or restore mobility and reduce low back pain—in many cases, without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications. If you are having low back pain right now:

  • Stay active, and do as much of your normal routine as possible (bed rest for longer than a day can actually slow down your recovery.)
  • If your pain lasts more than a few days or gets worse, schedule an appointment to see your Physiotherapist.

Not all low back pain is the same, so your treatment should be tailored to for your specific symptoms and condition. Once the examination is complete, your Physiotherapist will evaluate the results, identify the factors that have contributed to your specific back problem, and design an individualized treatment plan for your specific back problem. Treatments may include:

 

  • Manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, to improve the mobility of joints and soft tissues
  • Specific strengthening and flexibility exercises
  • Education about how you can take better care of your back
  • Training for proper lifting, bending, and sitting; for doing chores both at work and in the home; and for proper sleeping positions
  • Assistance in creating a safe and effective physical activity program to improve your overall health
  • Use of ice or heat treatments or electrical stimulation to help relieve pain

Can Low Back Pain be Prevented?

As experts in restoring and improving mobility and movement in people’s lives, Physiotherapists play an important role not only in treating persistent or recurrent low back pain, but also in preventing it and reducing your risk of having it come back.Physiotherapists can teach you how to use the following strategies to prevent back pain:

  • Use good body positioning at work, home, or during leisure activities.
  • Keep the load close to your body during lifting.
  • Ask for help before lifting heavy objects.
  • Maintain a regular physical fitness regimen—staying active can help to prevent injuries.

 

There is evolving evidence suggesting that the best strategy in preventing disability and care-seeking for low back pain is simply understanding what we are learning about the topic of pain. To learn more, read more about pain.