What is low back pain?
Low back pain is common among all ages and is the number one cause of disability worldwide. Most back pain will resolve quickly (within a couple of days). Rarely can a specific cause of low back pain be identified; thus, most low back pain is termed non-specific. Non-specific low back pain can be either acute (24-48hrs) or chronic (greater than 3 months duration) and is characterised by a range of physical, psychological and social factors that interact to cause impaired function.
When consulting a health care practitioner about back pain it is important to give accurate details. Such as how long has your back been sore? Are there particular movements, thoughts or feelings which trigger your back pain? Can you remember a time when this first started? Have you got any goals which we can help you achieve? Have you had any previous medical or alternative care for your back pain?
The history of your low back pain and physical examination will guide a management plan to put you in control of your pain. Management may consist of specific exercises or stretches, education around things to do more or less of and manual therapy to assist with short term pain relief.
You should feel empowered to understand why your back is sore and the things you can do to help.
Exercises to help with low back pain:
How to maintain a healthy back?
- Loves to move – engaging in regular physical activity which is relative to your level is important in assisting in maintaining a healthy spine. A discussion with your health care provider should help you find exercises which benefit your back for the long term.
- Needs sufficient rest and sleep
- Benefits from social engagement and good mental health practices
- Maintaining a healthy weight
If you’d like to know more or need help with low back pain we are happy to help.