Learn how to treat lower back pain. This guide discusses the causes of low back pain, the available treatment and prevention strategies.
Seeking physio treatment for back pain is one of the most common reasons people come to a physio clinic. Lower back pain is usually caused by a sudden injury to one of the intervertebral discs, joints muscles or ligaments that support the back. This usually transpires from a specific movement or activity.
Back pain and injuries are quite unique to each person, as is the physio treatment plan required. Depending on the cause, position, severity and other important factors, treatment can include massage, manual therapies, clinical Pilates, exercises and stretches.
There is no one-size-fits-all management of back pain. There is strong evidence that physiotherapy is recommended as the first line of defense against lower back pain, resulting in reduced use of pain medications and less overall health-care expenses. Generally, the first step to relieving back pain is to understand pain. Studies have shown that pain is poorly related to tissue damage and sometimes, the pain that persists is more about sensitivity rather than the damage.
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