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Lower Back Pain
What is Lower Back Pain?Lower Back pain can come from many sources but typically arises from facet joints and the soft tissues that surround and support your lumbar spine. The area of the spine that takes the most load from movement and activity is the lower back, or lumbar region. This consists of five relatively large vertebrae and discs. The discs cushioning these vertebrae can bulge, tear and decrease in height due to repeated bending or prolonged sitting and can result in Lower Back pain for ‘no apparent reason’ or can occur in acute sudden episodes.
Your physiotherapist at The Sports Injury Clinic will perform specific tests to assess the degree and type of Lower Back Pain you are experiencing and it is best to be assessed in the early stages for education and the correct exercise plan as well as excluding other pathologies.
How long will it last?With early intervention from the practitioners at The Sports Injury Clinic and a specific treatment plan, most cases of Lower Back Pain, no matter how severe, resolve within six weeks.
SymptomsThe symptoms of Lower Back Pain include:
• Pain or aching in the base of the spine . It may refer to the buttock or hips.
• Pain that is aggravated by bending or twisting
• Increased pain when lifting, straining or coughing
Suggestions for managing Lower Back Pain
- Staying active as advised by your physiotherapist. Evidence suggests that staying active with even acute back pain gives you better long term results. You will not be harming your back if you stick you the recommendations. Click here for programs for Lower Back Pain.
- Rest for aggravating activity (no prolonged sitting, especially with your feet up or bending).
- Taping from your physiotherapist to improve your spine's posture in the early stage. Learn correct posture of how to unload your back and relieve muscle spasm if it exists.
- Using a lumbar support or placing a lumbar roll behind your back while sitting.
- Gentle exercises to strengthen and support the lower back. Your treating practitioner may refer you to one of our Pilates specialists to take you through exercise progressions to help prevent reoccurrence of Lower Back Pain.
- If you have been injured at work or in sport, our practitioners have approved conditioning programs that will get you back on track sooner with your tailored exercise plan. Your physiotherapist may also recommend Massage Therapy or Osteopathy to assist in the management of your Lower Back Pain.
- Your practitioner may refer you to a Sports Physician for further investigations if your Lower Back Pain does not respond in our suggested time frames.