Back pain affects 80% of us at some stage during our lives. Most back pain is mechanical or 'non specific', meaning they are not caused by any serious pathology.
Symptoms: Symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. It may be general ache to a sharper pain or muscle spasm. People also experience pain and/or stiffness into certain movements. A feeling of weakness or locking may also occur. Pain into the buttocks or down the legs is also common.
Causes: There are many different structures which may be causing your back pain including, facet joints, discs, ligament and muscles. So what should you expect from your appointment?
We will discuss the history of your pain, eg. how and when it started.
We will also discuss how it is affecting you now, and how your pain is aggravated/eased.
We will assess your range of movement and how you move.
Muscle length and muscle strength will also be measured.
And we will perform a neurological assessment.
Based on what we discover during the assessment your treatment will begin. Treatment is patient-specific and may involve hands-on treatment such as joint mobilisations and soft tissue work to reduce pain and help increase movement. Exercises to help regain the movement, strength and confidence in your low back will be a large component of your rehabilitation. In this way you will regain both pain free and worry free movement and return to full function.
Pilates can also be a great form of rehab for your back. It specifically targets spinal mobility and core strength. For more info see the Pilates page.
Cognitive Functional Therapy for low back pain.
Did you know??? When scanned....91% of pain free people have disc degeneration on an MRI, and 56% have disc bulges? These findings are not always indicative of pain.
As the evidence grows, we are learning that pain is driven by various factors which are unique to each individual. CFT does not specifically focus on the structures in your back, as it has been shown that these are not always predictive of pain. It looks at factors such as movement patterns, stress, sleeping habits and exercise, as evidence shows these can all have a significant effect on pain. The CFT classification system identifies these factors and aims to retrain them in a more relaxed and helpful manner.
At the heart of the treatment is achieving your goal, whether it is returning to the sport you love, or being able to play with your kids. As with all physiotherapy sessions, your initial assessment/treatment will be an hour, and any follow-up will take 30 mins. Exercises are regularly given for you to work on at home.
Further information is available on the following links.