Lower Back Pain
Physiotherapists play a key role in helping people to recover from back pain.
Most people will experience 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 Physio 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.
- Acute pain: less than 6 weeks duration
- Sub-acute pain: 6-12 weeks duration
- Chronic pain: more than 12 weeks duration
A verbal assessment will help the physiotherapist to understand how the back 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 physio will perform a thorough examination of the function of your muscles, nerves and joints of your lumbar spine. They 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.
Back pain research has identified that the most effective form of physiotherapy treatment for 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. We offer Rehabilitation programmes at ALO Physiotherapy which can help you get back to living your life pain free.
Treatments which may be used by Physiotherapists at ALO Clinic
- Rehabilitative exercises
- Manual Therapy
- Clinical Massage Therap
Common causes of back pain
- Slipped Disc commonly effects the lower back and is often caused by lifting heavy objects incorrectly, over-exercising or even being overweight. A slipped disc can be very painful putting pressure on the spinal nerves and muscles.
- Sciatica is caused by nerve pain that can be excruciating with pain running down the leg and lower back. It is often triggered by a slipped disc or other injuries.
- Piriformis Syndrome is commonly caused by sports injuries from overuse. It is characterised by buttock or hip pain.
- Fractured Vertebrae these injuries cause pain and limit movement and aree often the result of an accident or fall.
Recovering from a full Achilles rupture. Started my work with Nina in feb and my progress has only been positive and upwards and I am almost at full speed again. Nina put me back together again almost from scratch. She is the best physio I have ever worked with and will again. Very knowledgable and very hard working. Can’t recommend enough.
What a great find! My orthopaedic surgeon recommended them and I can't rate Luigi, Gloria and the team more highly. Excellent service and very effective treatment- recovering nicely!
I am 84 years old, and have always been fit and healthy and exercised regularly. 3 years ago I underwent emergency surgery for peritonitis, and had a colonoscopy bag for 6 months and straight after surgery to reversal of the stoma. After this surgery I felt my legs very weak. To complete my drama, during the last summer I developed an abdominal hernia and had surgery for hernia repair. This made me even weaker specially at my legs. I have recovered but felt weak. I started my sessions at ALO Physiotherapy at the beginning of January, with the Vibra Machine combined with specific exercises. I have now recovered my body strength, particularly in the legs. I am now walking normally and without pain. I am delighted!
Great clinic with great people! I was so lucky to find this clinic and even more when I met Andre. He's a very talented therapist and a wonderful person who makes you feel comfortable every time. He helped me to resolve my back problems in few appointments and I will be always grateful to him! From my experience is the best clinic in London and I highly recommend them without any doubts!
One of the best physiotherapy centres in the world! The professionalism and knowledge of this centre amazed me.
I am so glad I found this clinic. Luigi has been amazing. After my 1st session I felt an improvement and now have ALOT more movement and significant reduction in pain. I couldn’t recommend this clinic & Luigi enough. So helpful and flexible whenever I have needed to amend appointments. Every one is fantastic. I will continue to come here for as long as I need.
Andre is the best physiotherapist I came across. As a dedicated martial arts practitioner, I regularly use his services. He has always managed to fix my various back and leg injuries. I would recommend Alo Physiotherapy to anyone who suffers from body pain.
Where do I begin? The journey has been too long with Andre Oliveira and ALO Clinic , as he helped me both physically and mentally to overcome an injury I had in both of my knees. A small injury , after following wrong treatment became chronic and I found myself unable to walk/stand/run and do the simplest things- the mental impact was worse. I was introduced to Andre by Eleftherios Pavlidis who runs Laertion in Athens. lefteris with his team were the first to accommodate the problem and told me what I need to do. As a Londoner, I was introduced to Andre and ALO Clinic, and the rest is history. Since February 2017 when I had the first session with Andre and he identified the biomechanic nature of the problem, along with the use of Tecar the results were visible after one month. Since then, along with personal effort and strengthening I did always guided by Andre, I the problem is restored and the pain is gone. I highly recommend ALO Physiotherapy Clinic , and Andre Oliveira for anyone who suffers from sport injuries , amateurs or professional top athletes.