What is it? In people with severe back pain or nerve referral down the leg, a lumbar fusion may be recommended. A lumbar fusion is a surgery that permanently connects two or more vertebrae of your spine together. This is done with metal plates, screws and rods in the vertebrae. This technique holds the two […]
What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a condition where there is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. Although the spine has natural curves, it should look straight when viewed from the back. In scoliosis, the curves are often described as C or S shaped, as the bones in the spine rotate on themselves. Scoliosis is […]
Around 1 in 6 Australians suffer with back pain each year (Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, 2017). Socialising, working or doing the things that you love may become demanding due to back pain which can in turn have a big impact on life; retiring early, loss of independence and a feeling of confinement. This is avoidable!! And changing thinking around misconceptions of back pain can be a starting point.
The sacroiliac joints (SIJ) are the joints that connect your lower spine to your pelvis. The sacrum (tail bone) connects to the ilia (pelvic bones). In most people, the SIJ is a stiff joint that provides a stable link between the lumbar spine and pelvis, allowing only a few degrees of movement.
Anatomy The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) combines the sacrum bone (the tailbone) and the ilium bone (the bone above your hip in your bottom). The long dorsal ligament travels over the SIJ, while other nearby ligaments include the sacrotuberus ligament, the iliolumbar ligaments and the sacroiliac ligaments. Key muscles is this area include the gluteus medium, […]
Pain in the lower back is extremely common and is responsible for a large number of visits to health professionals. It is estimated that 70-90% of Australians will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. As common as low back pain is however, it is avoidable in most cases and not normal.
What are stress fractures? – Blog By Rhian Davies A stress fracture is an overuse injury where there is an overload of stress to the bone resulting in a tiny crack. This occurs when the stress of repetitive loads overwhelms the ability of the bone to repair itself and these cracks begin to occur within […]
What is dry needling? Does it hurt? How does it work? Is it the same as acupuncture? These are all common questions patients frequently ask and that this blog will aim to answer… What is dry needling? Dry needling involves the use of a sterile acupuncture needle inserted into tight muscle bands known as trigger […]
What is Lumbar Spine Stenosis? Lumbar Spinal stenosis is a common medical condition, affecting the lower (lumbar) region of the back. It is a condition that increases in prevalence in an aging population and is a frequent reason for spinal surgery for adults over 65. Spinal stenosis is characterised as an abnormal narrowing of the […]
What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a condition characterised by unexplained, chronic and widespread pain throughout the body. The severity of symptoms can vary greatly between those affected, with the most common complaints including: Flu-like body aches Muscle tenderness Increased sensitivity to pain Headaches Fatigue Sleep disturbances Anxiety/Depression Problems with cognition (including memory and concentration) Bladder/bowel […]