Can Physiotherapy Treat Low Back Pain?

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low-back-painLow back ache or pain

Back Pain is extremely common with most people experiencing back pain at some point in their life.

Backache is often linked to a sedentary lifestyle explained by the increasing population commuting to work then sitting at a desk all day. On the other hand it may also be caused by overly strenuous work such as gardening, bending, twisting and heavy lifting.

When does pain occur

Back ache occurs when there are restrictions within the spine affecting the nerve supply. Pain can also be cause by straining the muscles or putting stress on the disc between the vertebrae which act as shock absorbers for the spine.

The lower back is more commonly affected with an incidence of up to 80% of all Australians experiencing low back pain. This is due to the fact that the lower back supports the weight of the upper body and it twists and bends more than any other area.

Non-invasive treatment from your physiotherapist

Most back pain can be easily managed by you and your Physiotherapist without the use of drugs or surgery. It is important to keep active as sitting for long periods increases the stress on your spine and remaining stationary will not give you the strength in the back and other core muscles that you require.

Treatment methods

Techniques used to treat back pain include manual therapies (MT) including muscle energy technique (MET), core rehabilitation (CR), transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA), lymphatic drainage (LD) and soft tissue massage (STM) with a specific home regime of exercises.

Our Physiotherapist Rochelle Vujcich-Harris will take the time with you to discuss certain stretches and exercises important to reducing the incidence of your back pain. Some back pain can be more serious and it is important to consult your qualified physiotherapist for an extensive history and exam to rule out any other conditions.

If you do experience back pain combined with more serious conditions such as loss of bowel or bladder control, loss of feeling in your arms or legs, dragging of a foot, fever or sudden unexplained weight loss, consult our Physiotherapist immediately.

Make an appointment at Physiotherapist Melbourne or call us on (03) 9380 5434.

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