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Our lower back is a strong structure that helps support our upper body throughout every movement; enabling us to sit, stand, walk and move. It is a complex area made up of numerous spinal segments; bones, discs, muscles, tendons and ligaments. These joints allow a lot of movement in various directions to allow us to complete tasks. Despite being a strong structure, low back pain is common, with 70% of the population experiencing it at some point throughout their lives.
Low back pain can present acutely (sudden and short term) or develop into a chronic issue (long term). Acute low back injuries usually occur during everyday activities such as lifting objects, turning to put something down, sitting or standing for long periods or even sleeping in an awkward position. Chronic low back pain may result from a poorly managed acute condition, worn cartilage or joints, decreased space for nerve tissue by thickened bones or prolonged exacerbation of acute low back pain. Low back pain may be accompanied by pain, numbness or pins and needles down your leg and into your feet. This is colloquially known as sciatica and often originates from nerves in your lower back.
Treatment at Total Physiocare can be invaluable in your recovery after a lower back injury. We take a thorough history of your condition and conduct a detailed assessment to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Then using your goals, we track your progress with outcome measures to ensure we are conducting the most effective treatment for you. We liaise with other medical practitioners such as your GP, and refer for medical imaging if required to ensure continuity of care.
While your rehabilitation plan with us will be based on your individual presentation and needs, treatments often include a combination of hands on therapy, taping, strengthening exercises and stretches.
At Total Physiocare, we also offer Clinical Pilates for patients with low back pain. Clinical Pilates is conducted in small groups led by a physiotherapist, ensuring that the exercises are specific to your needs. Pilates is a gentle form of strengthening that focuses on the core muscles that help give stability and strength to the lower back. This can help reduce low back pain and prevent further episodes of low back pain. If you are interested in Clinical Pilates, discuss it with your physiotherapist or call the clinic for more information.
- Low back pain (discogenic, facet joint pathology, non-specific)
- Sciatica / radicular pain or radiculopathy
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Back/ hip pain during pregnancy
- Spinal stenosis
- Muscle strains