Back pain is common among people of all age groups, from teenagers and youngsters to the elderly with around 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some point in their lives.
Some patients recover from back pain in about 6 weeks, but for some others, it could only be a precursor to chronic back pain. Left untreated, back pain can become debilitating and disruptive to other functions in the body.
Causes of Back Pain
Back pain is a result of poor functioning of the bones, joints, and ligaments in the posterior region of the human body. The irritating effect can be caused by vertebral dysfunction, which happens when the nerve structures in your lower back are compressed and disturbed by the spinal vertebrae. Common causes of Back Pain include:
• Inflammatory Arthritis (like ankylosing spondylitis, Rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
• Osteoporosis fractures
• Spinal cord compression
• Herniated or degenerative discs
• Facet joint dysfunction
• Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
• Spinal stenosis
How is Back Pain assessed?
Diagnosing the cause of your back pain is the first and most important part of the treatment. To assess the back pain, a physiotherapist will perform a thorough examination of any medical records along with orthopedic and neurological check-ups. X-rays and Digital scans are sometimes recommended at times to help zero in on the exact cause of the pain.
Dangers if left untreated
Lower back pain can be a big trouble-maker, and believe it or not, prolonged rest can make it difficult to manage pain on a long-term basis. If left untreated, lower back pain can result in cardiopulmonary deconditioning, a decrease in bone density, and an increased risk of blood clots.
One of the most common side-effects of not treating back pain is how it prevents people from getting a good night’s sleep. Poor back pain can make it difficult to get into a comfortable position, which leads to tossing and turning all night, resulting in a lack of quality sleep.
Treatment for Back Pain
Physiotherapy of lower back pain mainly focuses on restoring the functionality of spinal joints that have poor movements, reducing muscle tensions and increasing their strength. Correct treatment will help the pain to subside, improve the movement of the spinal joints, and reduce nerve irritation.
Because the causes of back pain are aplenty, various methods are used based on different conditions in people. Our treatment methods include:
• Spinal and soft tissue mobilization,
• Core stabilization advice,
• Strengthening exercises,
• Stretching and heat/cold therapy
• Dry Needling
• Spinal Decompression Therapy
If you are experiencing back pain, then a correct diagnosis and treatment is essential. Get in touch with our clinic today to learn about how we can treat your back pain.