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Low Back Pain

Low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint requiring medical attention in Australia. There is an 80% chance that each of us will have at least one episode of low back pain in our lives. Fortunately, the vast majority of low back pain resolves within a short period of time.

What causes it?

Causes of low back pain vary greatly. Pain of recent onset is often due to simple mechanisms such as a muscle strain or minor disc injury. These cases of back pain respond well to conventional treatment. Unfortunately, some people go on to have ongoing low back pain. The cause of this pain is more difficult to determine. The way the person moves, negative beliefs about back pain, and a sedentary lifestyle can all influence the development of ongoing pain in the spine.

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What are the symptoms?

Pain is localised to the lower spine and buttock region in most cases. Leg symptoms such as numbness or pins and needles may also be present. Difficulty with everyday tasks such as sitting, lifting, and bending is also common.

Diagnosing back pain

Localised lower back pain rarely requires radiological investigations such as MRI and x-ray. In fact, identifying the exact structure causing the back pain is often not possible. This is in part due to the fact that imaging can show similar findings in people with and without lower back pain.

How is it managed?

Like many physical conditions, low back pain does not have a one-size fits all management. Intervention should be tailored to each individual’s specific presentation. Possible management strategies include:
  • Correction of altered movement patterns.
  • Strengthening and flexibility exercises
  • Manual therapy
  • Pain / stress management
  • Increasing overall activity levels

Our APA Titled Musculoskeletal and Sports physiotherapists are highly equipped to assist you with managing your back pain.

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