Back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some point in their life. Back pain can be caused by problems with discs, joints, muscles and ligaments or most often a combination of these. It is usually the result of acute trauma/injury or poor postural habits and the resulting accumulation of stress on the spine. However, there are other more serious causes of back pain that can result in progressive inflammatory processes affecting bones and joints. It may be triggered by bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly.
Back pain for many people is often experienced as a pain or discomfort located between the lower ribs and butt with or without the addition of leg pain.
Symptoms can range from
- Muscle ache to shooting pain
- Postural back pains are long standing problems and more serious than injuries and picking up weights
- In the age of 25 to 50 years back pain causes excessive lordosis, flat back and poked chin posture.
- Above the age of 50 years it causes dearranged spine, osteoporosis and excessive kyphosis.
- Limited movement
- Altered walking
- Difficulty standing straight
- Pins & needles and numbness
- Pain that radiates down your leg
- Limited flexibility or range of motion of the back
Acute low back pain generally lasts for a few days to weeks and is usually as a result of trauma or arthritis. Low back pain that persists for longer than 3 months is considered chronic.
As back pain is often multifactorial, At the Phyworld, Physiotherapists are highly trained to diagnose problems in the joints and soft tissues of the body.
- They will carry out a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan to help successfully manage your particular problem.
- Manual therapy such as spinal manipulation/ mobilization and massage are often used to alleviate symptoms and manage this condition in the acute stage.
- A home exercise programmes will be devised to help restore muscular strength and re-educate accurate movement patterns.
- The physiotherapist may advise other activities such as Pilates or yoga to help with the long term care of your back.
- Our Chartered Physiotherapists and Certified Acupuncturists may also help to relieve your back pain through the use of acupuncture or dry needling.
At the Phyworld, Our Physiotherapists have a great deal of specific clinical experience in the back injuries and back pain treatment . Back pain can be caused due to a number of different reasons so our Physiotherapists will assess your condition and find the most appropriate treatment for your pain.
Although many different structures can cause pain in the back such as the disc, ligament, muscles and nerve tissue our physiotherapist will endeavor to find the underlying reason why that structure was damaged in the first place, allowing you to address the root cause rather than just treat the symptoms.
We aim to educate you about your back so you can best understand the benefits of the treatment and how to manage it long term if needed.