Back pain is a very common condition affecting 7 out of 10 people at some point in their lives.
The largest cause of work-related absence in the UK, back pain can affect anyone at any stage in life but has the highest prevalence during adolescence, and then again in middle age.
Low back pain can be very uncomfortable, but it is usually not serious. It can also be the cause of pain, numbness, weakness or tingling sensations in the legs, often called sciatica. In the majority of cases, the cause of your back problem can be linked to the way in which the bones, muscles and ligaments in your back work together and how you have been using them.
If during your episode of low back pain you notice changes to your bladder or bowel function you should go straight to your local Accident and Emergency Department as this could indicate a more severe problem.
The lower part of your back, known as the ‘lumbar region’ supports the entire weight of your upper body and is under constant pressure, particularly when you are bending, lifting and twisting. The complex structure of your lower back means that even small amounts of damage to any part of the lumbar region can cause pain and discomfort. Back pain will usually last from a few days to a few weeks but can be longer in more severe cases.
Aside from a muscular strain, which is the most common cause of low back pain, one of the more common injuries, or causes of pain, in the lower back originates from the discs. When enough pressure is applied to one side of the disc, the paste-like nucleus on the inside can protrude or bulge out from the disc. This is otherwise known as a prolapsed or herniated disc. Disc injuries most commonly occur when a person bends over to lift a heavy object incorrectly.
Physiotherapy can be extremely beneficial for someone suffering with back pain. Our aim will be to reduce your pain and stiffness, increase your core stability and flexibility, and provide you with education and advice to prevent any future occurrence. Treatment may consist of hands-on therapy, acupuncture, exercises, as well as ergonomic and postural advice.
Pilates classes are also a great exercise option for improving core strength and movement patterns and is appropriate for someone experiencing back pain. Our Rehab classes can also be beneficial in building your general strength and fitness which will aid in your long term care of your back.
Regular Massage can also aid in reducing muscle tension, improving flexibility and relieving any painful and overactive areas.