You are extremely lucky to not know the answer to the question, What is back pain? Neck and back pain are the most common area's treated by Physiotherapists. The cause is often multi-factorial and can include genetic predisposition, posture, previous injury, weight and activity levels. The structures affected are the usual culprits of muscles, ligaments, tendons and disc, affecting the way the spine moves. If the spine is not moving well, it cannot restore good circulation, flexibiltiy and strength to the area and recovery is delayed or stalled
More than 95% of spinal conditions DON'T need surgery and Physiotherapy is key to regaining your normal active lifestyle. We can help you achieve this by reducing your pain and increasing your mobility and strength. It is also important to identify your individual causes of the problem, educating you on ways to avoid future trouble. Back pain can be caused by stress, anxiety can increase muscle tension. The back contains a variety of muscles that are known to tense during which can cause mild to severe pain.
This usually has a postural or degenerative cause and will respond well to Physiotherapy and self management.
Occasionally things are more serious and may require further investigation. If you present with any of the following, your Physiotherapist may need to refer you for an MRI, either directly if you are self funding or via your GP or A&E department if very urgent
Physiotherapists can reduce your pain, stimulate healing and restore movement and strength using joint and soft tissue manual therapy techniques, acupuncture, TENS, microcurrent therapy, taping and if indicated, braces and crutches to off load the lower back. Exercises will focus on comfortable movement and strength work and your Physiotherapist can progres this as your symptoms settle. Our physios know exercise routines to assist in removal of lower back pain.
Towards the end of treatment, we may recommend local exercise classes or gym that may help continue your recovery. We can also refer you to a service locally that can offer support in weight loss and getting into exercise should you need support in this area
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