Lower Back Pain

In most cases low back pain is the result of a disruption of components of what is termed the motion segment. This includes structures like the intervertebral disc, the facet joints, joint capsules, ligaments and the associated muscles and connective tissue. In the lumbar spine or lower back a fault involving the intervertebral disc is thought to be the most common cause of pain.

Regardless of what the structural fault it is worth considering the following points before making a decision as to the most appropriate treatment.

  • Periods of back pain are a normal part of life for the majority of people.
  • Up to 75% of adults experience back pain at some time in their life.
  • Around 40% of adults will experience an episode of back pain in any one year.
  • Up to 20% of adults will be experiencing back pain at any given time.
  • Back pain is often persistent or will recur.
  • 79% of people will suffer some degree of symptoms beyond 3 months.
  • Over 30% have a long term problem
  • Only a few people will suffer chronic symptoms that significantly interfere with normal life

At Spine Care we look to minimise the impact of the painful episode and minimise the risk of recurrence. Spine Care offers expert assessment into the unique underlying features of each individual case.

Injury specific education is the key to confident self management. Like other forms of spinal pain a future recurrence of pain is common, making self treatment the most desirable outcome if a long term solution is to be found.

The greater understanding an individual has of their problem the greater ongoing control they have over it, and the less they have to rely on others for relief.

Self management is supplemented by individualised strength or flexibility programs. Where necessary research has shown that manual therapies like manipulation can be useful in assisting an individual reach a point where self treatment becomes possible.

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