27 Mar What physio in Prahran can do for low back pain
Approximately 80% of adults at some stage in their life will experience low back pain. Both men and women are equally affected. The symptoms and intensity of low back pain can vary between individuals, from a dull and constant ache to a sudden sharp sensation (which may potentially leave one feeling incapacitated).
The lower back supports the weight of the upper body and provides mobility for activities of daily living.
Causes of Low Back Pain
- Sprains and strains: Caused by overstretching or tearing of the ligaments, strains and tears in tendon or muscle
- Intervertebral disc degeneration: Occurs when the intervertebral disc deteriorates and loses its cushioning ability (as a result of the normal ageing process)
- Herniated or ruptured discs: Occurs when the intervertebral disc is compressed, bulges outwards or ruptures
- Radiculopathy: Caused by inflammation, compression and injury to a spinal nerve root
- Sciatica: Caused by compression of the sciatic nerve
- Spondylolisthesis: Occurs when the vertebra slips out of place
- Traumatic injury: Events such as motor vehicle accidents, falls or playing sports
- Spinal stenosis: When there is narrowing of the spinal column which results in pressure on the spinal cord and nerves
- Skeletal irregularities: Such as scoliosis
Low Back Pain Examination
Our physio clinic in Prahran will assess each client based on their complete medical history and physical examination, to identify or rule out any serious underlying condition(s) that may require immediate medical attention.
Our physio will then identify the impairments that may have contributed to the clients’ onset of pain, and/ or have the potential to increase the likelihood of developing persistent pain.
The physio physical examination includes: assessment of the timing, pattern and range of movement of the lower back, assessment and identification of stiffness and tenderness in the muscles and joints, and neurological abnormalities.
Low Back Pain Management Strategies
Physiotherapy for back pain Intervention (i.e. non-pharmacological management) includes the following:
- Joint mobilisation
- Soft tissue therapy
- Neural mobilisation
- Exercise therapy
- Correction of predisposing factors
An individualised home exercise and management program will be formulated by the Physio in Prahran (based on the Physio for back pain assessment findings on the client), to help assist each individual with their unique road to recovery.
Don’t suffer from back pain any longer. Help is nearby in Prahran. Contact Edgewater Physiotherapy on (03) 9510 8866 or book online for a consultation with our friendly and qualified physiotherapist.