Lower back pain is the second most common ailment presented to doctors by adults, eclipsed only by the common cold. It’s such a ubiquitous problem that it’s considered a social as well as a health issue, as it’s the number one cause of absence at work. Modern, industrial, sedentary lifestyles with little to no exercise often result in chronic lower back pain.
Lower back pain relief can often be achieved through habitual proper posture, core strengthening, and living an active and healthy lifestyle. However, sometimes these are not enough to achieve full restoration, especially after a lower back injury. Physiotherapy is a treatment option that focuses on restoring movement and function to your whole body through specific exercises for lower back pain.
Relieving Lower Back Pain with Physiotherapy
Physiotherapists focus on the ways your nerves, muscles, and bones have been affected by your injuries. They will encourage you to take an active role in your rehabilitation, using knowledge, exercise, and science to heal and strengthen your body, rather than relying on passive treatment options.
Movement is incredibly important when it comes to relieving lower back pain. Exercises that focusing on your core muscles, including isolated exercises as well as pilates, yoga, and tai chi have been proven to help reduce back pain by increasing core strength.
A physiotherapist will be able to analyse your back pain safely and effectively. They can then help you find suitable types of exercise depending on your case. This is the safest and most efficient way to begin rehabilitating your injuries.
What Does Physiotherapy Entail?
When you first meet with your physiotherapist, they will take a detailed medical history report, documenting any preexisting medical conditions, relevant lifestyle factors, and any current medications you’re taking. Next they will inquire about your symptoms and what triggers them.
They will then perform a physical examination, looking at how you move, and how your back is functioning. They may need to see feel your back in order to accomplish a detailed analysis. Upon completion, they will explain the treatment they recommend, why they have recommended this specific treatment, and any risks inherent in the treatment. They will then provide any resources you may need for the next step.
What Else Can Physiotherapy Treat?
Physiotherapy has proven effective to treat back pain as well as the following issues:
- Neck pain
- Disc-related conditions
- Shoulder Impingement
- Frozen shoulder
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Tendonitis and tendon tears
- Sprains and strains
- Joint dislocation/instability
- Following joint surgery/replacement
- Muscle weakness and muscle tears
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Swimmer’s shoulder
- Jumper’s knee
- Runner’s knee
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
Hoys Allied Health + Wellness offers physiotherapy services to help alleviate pain and improve the quality of life of our clients. Visit our Physiotherapy Service Page or Radial Shock Wave Therapy Page for more information or contact us today with any questions!