Just because back pain is so common doesn’t mean it needs to be tolerated. Today we are going to take a closer look at some of the more common back pain causes, and how they can be managed with physiotherapy treatment.
Does Chronic Back Pain Affect Your Quality Of Life?
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that it’s so common, it’s one of the leading causes of sick days off work and visits to the doctor – and a number one cause of disability. Working with a physiotherapist means that aches and pains can be managed, and future injuries can be avoided.
What Causes Chronic Back Pain?
The back is a complex system of muscle, bone or vertebrae, ligaments, discs and tendons. It’s also responsible for bearing much of the weight of the body and that means it’s often quite difficult to diagnose the cause of back pain.
Some of the most common causes include genetics, trauma or injury, weight gain and lack of exercise. Lots of people experience pain in the back because they sit for long periods of time, and it’s generally a combination of poor posture and a lack of exercise that can cause a dull ache in the back. Fortunately, mechanical back pain is not a serious condition, and it can be managed with physiotherapy.
If you are predisposed to back aches and pains, or want to regain your fitness without causing injury to your back, working with a physiotherapist can help you:
Develop A Safe Exercise Programme
We all have to walk before we can run, and working with a professional physiotherapist can prevent you from over-exerting yourself and teach you how to perform exercises safely to minimise injury.
Even if you experience pain or discomfort it’s important not to stop exercising and to maintain your fitness levels so that you maintain strength and flexibility.
Practice Safe Ergonomics
If you are susceptible to back problems or health conditions that weaken your back, it’s essential that you are working, sleeping, walking and exercising holding the correct posture. Failure to do so can result in injury. Your physiotherapist will perform a mini lifestyle audit, to help you carry out your daily activities as safely as possible.
Manual Therapy For Pain Relief
Regular visits to your physiotherapist for manual therapy can help alleviate pain by encouraging blood flow, and providing rehabilitation to the affected area. Your physiotherapist may use mobilisation exercises to manually lengthen and stretch your spine. Manipulation, which is a quick thrusting action, might be used on your spine.
What Can You Expect From Your First Physiotherapy Session?
Your first session will include a thorough medical history, as well as a discussion of how many sessions you will need going forward. The primary objective is to use physiotherapy to restore your quality of life to where it was, and to provide you with the guidance to prevent injury in the future.
Do you have questions about back pain causes or any underlying health conditions that our physiotherapist can help you with? We’d love to assist. Please contact us for a convenient appointment: (07) 5613 1531.