Learn how to treat lower back pain. This guide discusses the causes of low back pain, the available treatment and prevention strategies.
Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting more than the normal healing times of 12 weeks or 3 months. Persistent pain is another name for chronic pain. The terms chronic and persistent only tell us that the pain is ongoing and do not describe severity or the cause of the pain.
Unlike acute pain, where tissue injury and the resulting sensitization causes pain, chronic pain often involves a psychological and social aspect. Advances in modern pain science mean that we now know that chronic pain is often associated with neuroplastic changes that result in altered processing of nociception and the output of pain.
Anytime Physio takes an active approach to treating chronic pain. Our up-to-date physiotherapists attend conferences, conduct pain research and provide their patients with the best management strategies for chronic pain. Anytime Physio treats chronic pain conditions including low back pain, arthritis, migraines and whiplash.
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.