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Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

If you’ve ever experienced lower back pain, then you’ll know how uncomfortable, painful and frustrating it is. Most lower back pain is characterised as acute non-specific lower back pain, meaning that it’s difficult to identify a single cause. In contrast, a ‘specific’ lower back pain has a known cause, such as arthritis or a bulging disc.

Why am I experiencing back pain?

This is precisely what your assessment uncovers. If there’s a specific cause, it may be something like:
  • A bulging disc
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • An infection
Most people will fall into the category of non-specific back pain. This means a variety of factors may contribute, including:
  • Poor posture
  • Daily activities such as lifting heavy loads
  • Muscle and tendon strains
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Other lifestyle factors
It’s very important to note that when we assess your lower back pain, the first priority is to exclude the serious causes of lower back pain that can have significant consequences. Once we exclude these and any other specific causes, we start musculoskeletal treatment for the non-specific causes. Don’t worry - we have very specific and proven treatments, despite the cause being labelled as ‘non-specific’

How do you treat lower back pain? Will it come back?

Avoiding repetitive back injuries comes from good education and exercise prescription. The majority of back injuries we see come from patients doing something out of the ordinary. They will be working and lifting the same things they did the day before and there will just be something extra or they had a bad sleep and was a bit stiff and that caused pain and spasming. We are BIG on education and prevention to try and avoid future relapses because you only have one back and every back injury leads to one worse than the time before. We do dry needling, exercise prescription, hydrotherapy programs, shockwave and education to help empower you to an understanding to help yourself.

Upper Back Pain

If you have upper back pain, you may feel anything from a sharp stabbing pain to numbness and tingling that starts around the spine and can spread to the ribs and hands.