2017-04-05 06:04

Are you suffering from backache? Pain running down your legs?

An uncomfortable stiffness in your lower back?


Consult a physiotherapist today!

Lower Back Pain (LBP) is one of the most common complaints of patients seen by doctors and physiotherapists alike. Due to factors such as poor posture during our daily activities, lack of physical activity, and the growing prevalence of weight-gain; many people experience LBP at one point or another in their lives.

A variety of different sources could be causing your LBP. These could be anything from picking up a heavy object incorrectly; tearing a muscle during a sport or even spending too much time in one position, such as standing or sitting or bending all day at work. Increased anxiety and stress in the home or workplace can make the pain worse. As a result, LBP is one of the main causes of people being off sick from work.

Sometimes the pain is linked to something more severe, like arthritis in the spine causing disc herniations and ‘pinched nerves’ (pain running down your legs). In other instances, pregnant women complain of LBP due to the increased weight their spines are now expected to carry. Oftentimes people are unaware of their sleeping positions or worn-out mattresses/pillows that may be contributing to their LBP. Therefore, it is vital to determine the source of your back pain so as to seek out effective treatment and long-lasting pain relief as soon as you can. This is where the physiotherapist comes in. The physiotherapist is a trained professional, equipped with the knowledge and skills to assess and treat you effectively.

Seeing as physiotherapist early is best, as it can not only speed up recovery but also prevent the problem from occurring again. The physio will assess you thoroughly to determine if you have any serious health problems that could be contributing to your LBP. The assessment involves looking at your spine and lower back; therefore you will need to remove some of your clothes during the exam. It is important to note that every consultation with the physiotherapist is private and confidential, in an enclosed area.

Once the source of your pain is determined, the physio will use specific treatment modalities to provide you with pain relief. Every patient is different; so naturally your treatment will be different to that of another patient, even if they present with symptoms similar to yours.

The treatment modalities include:

· Massage

· Spinal mobilisation techniques

· Heat or ice

· Electrical stimulating machines including LASER therapy

· Acupuncture

· Therapeutic exercise

The physio will also educate you on simple postural adjustments and movement techniques you can adapt at home and your workplace to help manage your pain. In most cases, one or two treatment sessions are not enough, therefore don’t get discouraged. The physio will recommend how many treatment sessions will be necessary for you.


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