Lower Back Pain and Sciatica affects up to 85% of the population at some time throughout their lives. LBP can also cause referred symptoms of pain, numbness or pins and needles in the lower limb. This is commonly referred to as sciatica.
The lower back is a complex area made up of spinal segments consisting of discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissue structures.
LBP can be acute and is often as a result of a simple unguarded movement, lifting, being in a poor posture for a prolonged period. LBP can become chronic if an acute episode is not managed effectively or can be due to recurrent episodes. LBP can lead to pain, stiffness, weakness, reduced balance and poor gait. This can cause considerable disability in walking, driving, sport, work and everyday activities.
Physiotherapy can help by taking a precise history, examining the area thoroughly, obtaining a diagnosis and treating the problem. This may involve hands on therapy, dry needling, taping, electrotherapy, soft tissue work, and exercises to improve strength, coordination, posture, balance and function.
Clinical Pilates and other exercise-based forms of treatment have shown to be very effective in improving function and maintaining LBP. Please ask your physiotherapist for more information.