Lower Back Pain
At Primary Physio we treat people with lower back pain every day and have a range of treatments to make sure you’re back to good health as quickly as possible.
You should also know that you’re not alone. In fact, lower back pain affects around 80% of Australians at some point in their lives.
What are the different types of lower back pain?
There are essentially two types of lower back pain:
- Acute lower back pain
- Chronic lower back pain
This type of pain is usually the result of lifting something a little too heavy. It’s then compounded by an incorrect body position and you feel something “go” in your back. Next comes that sharp pain and ensuing agony in some cases.
The good news is that in most cases it’s not a serious injury. Don’t rush off and get an MRI or any other scan. The best thing to do is to have some kind of physiotherapy work done within the first 48hrs. This will reduce the overall recovery time significantly. It’s also vital that you keep moving. Don’t lie down for days in the hope it will settle. Movement is imperative and is recommended as soon as you’re able to.
Simply put, Chronic back pain lasts longer and is more challenging to recover from than acute pain. The length of the recovery period also depends on the individual in question – whether they have high levels of stress or any other psychological barriers they build that delay their recovery.
The most vital thing to remember is that back pain requires proper assessment by a physiotherapist to first diagnose the underlying problem before giving treatment and advice.
At Primary Physio we have a wide range of treatments that are tailored to the individual. When it comes to your back, treatment may include:
- Mobilisation of the spine
- Looking at your posture
- Ergonomic advice
- Dry needling