Lower Back Pain in Perth
If you’re suffering from lower back pain, you’re not alone. There are many people who experience back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is one of the common reasons why people visit us (physio) or miss work. It is also a leading cause of disability worldwide.
We have successfully treated over 15,000 people in Perth who were suffering from low back pain.
What is Low Back Pain?
Low back pain is simply pain that you feel in your lower back. It may range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden sharp pain, making it hard to do any activity.
Anyone can have low back pain. But there are specific individuals who are at higher risk of back pain such as middle-aged and older adults, poorly fit people, sedentary people, overweight people, people with arthritis, people with jobs that involve heavy physical activity and people who smoke. Race may also play a part in increasing low back pain risk. For example, black women are twice or thrice at risk than white women to have part of the lower spine misaligned.
What are the causes of Lower Back Pain?
If you have lower back pain, the pain may stem from your lumbar spine. You may experience pain from the waist down. Back pain can be either a result of muscular pain or spinal abnormality.
Muscular pain can be caused by playing sports or working strenuously. On the other hand, spinal abnormality can be caused by disc-related disorders or vertebral displacement.
There are different factors that might put you at higher risk of getting lower back pain. These include:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Excess weight
- Improper lifting
- Psychological conditions
How Does Physiotherapy Help with Lower Back Pain?
Although many different structures in your back such as discs, ligaments, muscles and nerves can cause pain, you can rely on our Perth physiotherapists in determining the cause and providing the best care for your back pain.
Physiotherapists are experts in musculoskeletal disorders, which include back pain. They can pinpoint the factors that contribute to your back problem. After you undergo examinations and the underlying cause of your back pain has been identified, your physiotherapist will design a specific treatment plan and management program for you. Treatments may include spinal and soft tissue mobilisation, core stabilisation, strengthening exercises, stretching and heat/cold therapy.
Your physiotherapist will clearly educate you about your condition for you to understand the benefits of the treatment and how to take care of your back at home to help you recover faster and prevent it from coming back.
Don’t get used to the belief that people with lower back pain will always need pills or injections to relieve the symptoms. They only work to mask the pain and do not treat the actual problem itself. The best way is to have the root cause treated. And a Perth physiotherapist is the finest professional who’s fit to address your lower back pain.