Inner North Physiotherapy provide quality care for patients with back pain to the local areas of the Inner North including Thornbury, Northcote, Westgarth, Brunswick, Preston, Alphington, Fairfield, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Abbotsford and Reservoir.
Lower back pain is an extremely common condition with up to 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some time during the lives. Although the underlying pathology of low back pain is usually not serious, it is an important source of pain in the community and has considerable impact on the individual and the economy due to time taken off work. Whilst the vast majority of patients with back pain will recover within 6 weeks, a small number will go on to develop chronic back pain and a gradual deterioration of functionality.
Most causes of back pain are the result of irritation or poor function of the bones, joints, ligaments, discs or muscles in your back.
Other causes of lower back pain include inflammatory arthritis (e.g. ankylosis spondylitis, Rheumatoid arthritis), and fractures due to osteoporosis. Back pain may also be ‘referred’ from another location.
Less common conditions causing low back pain include cancer (usually from another source such as the prostate or lung), serious infections and compression of the spinal cord.
Your Physiotherapist will perform a detailed history, orthopaedic, neurological and spinal examination to determine the exact cause of your lower back pain. Other tests may also be recommended.
Physiotherapy treatment of low back pain focuses on restoring function to poorly moving spinal joints, as well as reducing muscle tension and increasing muscle strength. This results in improved movement, reduced pain and deceased nerve irritation.
Treatments are tailored to the individual case usually consisting of spinal and soft tissue mobilisation, core stabilization advice, strengthening exercises, stretching and heat/cold therapy and return to exercise. Please contact us to arrange your comprehensive lower back consultation to help identify the exact cause of your back pain and begin to address your problem.