What is Lower Back Pain (LBP):
Lower back pain is a pain that arises from a number of structures in the lower back. The most common structures that produce lower back pain include the muscles, ligaments, discs, bones, joints in the spine, and the nerves that pass through the spine.
What causes lower back pain?
Lower back pain is a result of damage to the structures in the lower back. The most common cause of lower back pain is due to repetitive overloading of the structures in the lower back, or complex forceful movements and direct trauma. Repetitive loading occurs with simple non-painful movements like bending, twisting, or lifting. Constant repetition of these movements leads to damage and eventual failure of the structures in the lower back, leading to lower back pain and tissue inflammation.
How does lower back pain feel?
Lower back pain is usually felt in the lower back region. It is commonly described as a dull or strong ache and felt more to one side. In more severe cases, the pain can be sharp, shooting, burning, and affecting multiple regions such as hip and lower limbs. This will result in an inability to stand up straight and made worse with simple movements like moving from sitting to standing.
What should you do?
If you have lower back pain, you need to consult our professional therapists for an appropriate assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. By treating your problem immediately, you decrease the chances of having any long-term effects and benefit from a quicker recovery. If poorly managed you do increase the risk of the problem becoming chronic and requiring long-term treatment.
What should you not do?
If you have lower back pain, you should not ignore the problem and continue to participate in activities that aggravate your problem. This may lead to the problem increasing in severity and result in a prolonged recovery.
What is the treatment and management of lower back pain?
Appropriate treatment and management require prompt assessment and diagnosis of the problem. This may require a referral for diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI. Once a working diagnosis has been established, treatment will commence to reduce your pain and inflammation. Once your pain has settled, a rehabilitation and management program will be given to help you take control of your problem. With your participation, the treatment and rehabilitation program will help get you back to your daily activities and reduce the chances of your back pain re-occurring.
Other conditions related to the lower back that we can also help you with include:
- Lumbar Disc Bulge
- Mechanical lower back pain
- Sacro-iliac joint pain (SIJ pain)
- Muscular strain
- Pinched Nerve
- Lumbar Disc Prolapse
- Facet Joint Sprain
- Lumbar Stress Fracture
- Lumbar Spine Osteo-Arthritis