Lower Back Pain Bendigo

Lower back pain is a widespread problem with as much as 80% of the populace suffering from back pain at some point during their lives. Even though the underlying pathology is often not serious, it is a significant cause of pain in the community and has substantial impact on the economy because of absenteeism. The vast majority of individuals with lower back pain have symptoms that resolve quite quickly, however if not managed correctly, chronic low back pain may develop, therefore seeking professional care as soon as possible is important.

Causes of Back Pain

There are number of structures in the low back region that may cause pain, stiffness or dysfunction. These structures include bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves.

Other conditions may also contribute to low back pain including osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis (e.g. ankylosing spondylitis, Rheumatoid arthritis) and osteoporosis. Back pain could also be ‘referred’ from other places in the body, where pain may be felt in the low back, but the source of the pain is from elsewhere in the body.

Assessment

Assessment from our Physiotherapists will include collecting details of your low back pain history and a physical assessment looking at your posture, movement, strength and nerve function. This will allow the physio to determine the likely source of pain and guide development of a suitable treatment plan which may include physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy, clinical pilates or hyrdrotherapy.. Other tests such as x-rays, CT or MRI may be recommended.

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Treatment for Back Pain

Physiotherapy treatment for low back pain can include interventions such as soft and deep tissue massage, cupping, dry needling, mobilisation, stretches and taping. Following your assessment, your physio will provide the most suitable treatment modality, to reduce your symptoms and improve your function.

Your physio will also suggest suitable stretches and strengthening exercises that may help and discuss any other self-management strategies to help while at home, work or while exercising. While aiming to ease symptoms during each physiotherapy, it is also important to implement strategies for ongoing improvements and reduce the likelihood of recurrence.