Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

Most people will experience low back pain at some point in their life and persistent back pain is common. At any one time, about a quarter of the population are affected by back pain. Knowing what to do when you get it and how to prevent it is crucial.

An assessment with a Physiotherapist at ALO Physiotherapy will help you to understand what the root causes of the back pain are and what specific strategies can be used to enable recovery.

Classification: Acute, Sub-Acute and Chronic pain:

  • Acute pain: less than 6 weeks duration
  • Sub-acute pain: 6-12 weeks duration
  • Chronic pain: more than 12 weeks duration

Assessment

A verbal assessment will help the physiotherapist to understand how the pain started and what makes the pain better or worse. Physical and emotional factors and sleep patterns can be important contributing factors to pain and will be assessed.

Your physiotherapist will perform a thorough examination of the function of your muscles, nerves and joints of your lumbar spine.

Your physiotherapist will identify the cause and contributing factors to the pain. Your muscles may not be controlling and supporting specific spinal movements such as bending or reaching. You may have areas of underactivity or overactivity in your muscles throughout these spinal movements.

Important information about MRI scans

Although MRI Scans are important for identifying more serious pathologies of the spine, it is important to note than many findings on MRI scans are normal and may not be the cause of pain.

The majority of people without back pain have degenerative changes in their spine. Almost half of people who have no pain in their spine have disc prolapses.

In the majority of cases, pain is not correlated with these structural abnormalities.

Rehabilitation

Low back pain research has identified that the most effective form of physiotherapy treatment for low back pain is exercise and manual therapy.

Based on your physiotherapist’s examination, they will be able to identify the best forms of manual therapy and exercise for you to help enable normal spinal movement, build confidence in your back and a return to normal life. Your physiotherapist may include other forms of treatment to facilitate recovery.

Treatments which may be used by Physiotherapists at ALO:

  • Rehabilitative exercises
  • Manual Therapy
  • Relaxation
  • Taping
  • Electrotherapy
  • Clinical Massage Therapy

Book an assessment

Email: alo@alo-physiotherapy.co.uk

Call: 020 7636 8845

Resources:

NICE Guidance

Back Pain – Separating Fact from Fiction

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