Lower Back Pain

 

What is Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain is pain located in/around the lumbar spine, it can be located anywhere between the bottom of your rib cage and your pelvis.

It is very common and affects nearly 60-80% of people throughout their lifetime. It is also becoming increasingly more common due to peoples lifestyles becoming more sedentary and more time spent on devices. Lower back pain can vary from a dull ache to an acute stabbing or shooting pain and can have a wide number of causes.

Lower back pain is usually categorised in 3 subsections: acute, sub-acute and chronic. These subsections are based on the duration of the back pain. Acute is an episode of lower back pain for less than 6 weeks, sub-acute is between 6 and 12 weeks and chronic is for 12 weeks or more.

Characteristics/Clinical Presentation

Lower back pain is typically characterised by a combination of the following symptoms:

– A dull, aching pain

-Pain that travels to your bum, legs, and feet

-Prolonged sitting causes the pain to get worse

-Changing positions helps to alleviate pain

-Pain is worse in the morning when waking up and better after moving around

Clinical Diagnosis

While lower back pain is one of the most common complaints, there can be a number of causes, from acute injuries to muscle imbalances. This is why we do a full analysis so we can identify the cause to create the right recovery plan for you.

At Comfort Health a typical session involves a detailed assessment of your injury, diagnosis, a bespoke treatment suiting your needs, and a series of comprehensive exercises and advice to help you manage your injury. We also look at your medical history and training habits. These include:

– Previous injuries and related treatments
– Current training patterns and training history
– Any changes in training
– Injury details (eg, what provokes and reduces symptoms, duration of symptoms)
– Medical conditions & prior surgeries
– Medication and supplement use

A typical physical exam includes, palpation, neurological exam, range of motion tests, reflex test, slump test and a straight leg raise test.

Treatment

Treatment for lower back pain will vary depending on the diagnosis, however physiotherapy, massage and a specific rehab programme all are effective means at reducing pain and making a full recovery.

For someone experiencing lower back pain we would advise booking a physiotherapy appointment so that a full assessment can be done to identify the cause. During the appointment our therapists will look at your range of movement, strength, training history, medical history and more. This information allows them to identify the cause so they can provide the right treatment and rehab programme for you. Treatment will often involve massage and soft tissue release. As well as strengthening and activation exercises to ensure everything is working correctly to prevent pain and overuse.

Massage alone can provide a temporary release and reduction in pain. However, it doesn’t always identify the cause which is why combining it with physiotherapy will give you much better results and prevent the pain returning.

Here at Comfort Health

At Comfort Health we offer a range of treatments from physiotherapy, sports therapysports massage, and acupuncture, along with a variety of other services that can help with lower back pain.

If you feel like you could benefit from a treatment from one of our practitioners, or you need your lower back pain being assessed then Click Here and book in today. For an initial appointment we usually recommend an hour appointment. This allows plenty of time to do a full assessment and provide you with the right treatment and rehab programme.

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