If you’re reading this, it could be a safe bet to assume you have back pain. It may provide some comfort to know that you’re not alone…
Here are the facts:
Back pain is one of the most common and debilitating conditions in the world today with over 80% of us having some form of back pain at some point in our lives. Statistics also indicate if someone has an episode of low back pain, they have an increased chance of another episode within the same year, and that anything from 10-40% of people have persistent problems for more than a few months. So… should you be worried? Not necessarily.
The first thing you need to know is that the pain you may be experiencing, no matter how severe or intense it feels, is NOT correlated with damage in your back. Over 90% of the cases of low back pain are classified as ‘non specific mechanical low back pain’, with no serious structural problems and respond very well to physiotherapy treatment. Only 1-2% of people with back pain have more serious problems such as fractures.
A slightly larger percentage (around 5-10% of people) find they get other symptoms along with their back pain such as pins and needles and/or pain into the legs. The only time you should take more immediate action with these symptoms is if you have noticed them worsening, or noticed a loss of strength and reduced coordination of your legs or issues with going to the toilet. If this is the case you should pop down to the emergency department and get them to check things are ok before booking in for a physiotherapy appointment.
More than meets the Eye…
Our understanding of the complex nature of back pain has changed a lot in the last few decades. In recent years a growing body of evidence has shown things such as sleep disturbance, mood and stress can increase your likelihood of having back problems. We also understand the best treatment for back pain is one that is individualised and addresses all contributing factors to the pain. Treatment has come a long way from telling people to get some bed rest for a couple of weeks!
Back Pain and Physiotherapy
So having read this far, I can hopefully assume you’ve decided physiotherapy is for you. Congratulations! Physiotherapy (as mentioned earlier) is possibly the best thing you can do to help. Treatment can involve a wide variety of different treatment techniques and methods. These can range from hands on manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilisations and manipulation and soft tissue manipulation, to acupuncture or more active therapeutic exercise based approaches.
Why Choose Physio Direct?
Here at Physio Direct our skilled therapists take time to understand you, as well as your back pain. Through a detailed assessment we help give you a practical diagnosis, and a clear plan of action. We also aim understand how the pain effects your life and what it’s stopping you from doing. We can then provide an bespoke treatment program specific for your needs, to help you get back on the right tracks as soon as possible and doing the things you love!