Back Pain Physiotherapy
The most common type of back pain is due to bad posture and poor habitual movement, which is typically seen in office workers who have to sit at their desks for long hours. This will result in what is known as ‘mechanical back pain’. Other types of back problems that are more serious and would often be traumatic in nature (i.e. from a fall) or involve the spinal cord/nerves. This would often warrant more thorough medical investigation.
Types Of Back Pain Conditions
In the early stages of spinal stenosis, someone may not present with any noticeable symptoms. However, as it progresses, someone may complain of back pain, burning, tingling, numbness, cramping or weakness in the legs. These symptoms occur more frequently in positions when the back is relatively extended, like walking and standing; whereby the narrowing is exaggerated and can cause more compression to the nerves.
Compression fracture is a type of fracture that occurs in the vertebral body, commonly in the mid-back, especially in people with osteoporosis. It commonly occurs in people age 45 and above (women more often than men) and typically complain of a sudden sharp back pain when lifting something, bending or from a fall. Besides a sudden onset of back pain, any increase in pain in upright positions like standing, walking or sitting and reduced spinal movement can be reported.
Spondylosis is an umbrella term for age-related degeneration of the spine, also known as spinal osteoarthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, spondylosis may affect as many as 75% in people above 60. This condition is very common and many may not present with any symptoms, but some may complain of pain, morning stiffness, limited range of movement and numbness.
Spondylolisthesis occurs when there is a slip of vertebral bones on the adjacent vertebrae. It commonly affects the lower back but can also occur along other parts of the spine. There are many possible causes to this, including wear and tear, trauma or pathological causes. Common symptoms are low back ache, pain when extending the back, and sometimes neural symptoms like burning, tingling or numbness may be present if nerve compression is involved.
Physiotherapy For Lower Back Pain
At BMJ Physiotherapy, our back pain treatments entails accurate diagnosis of your back problem, and a customized treatment plan for your back.
In general, these are the following physiotherapy treatment for your back pain:
- Specific exercises for you to self-heal and return to your daily routines
- Exercises to strengthen your back muscles and to improve your back’s flexibility
- Posture correction
- Clinical massage to reduce tension
When You Require
Physio Treatment For Back Pain
If you have a back injury, the symptoms that you might experience include:
- Numbness or pins and needle sensation on your buttocks or back area
- Pain radiating to your leg area
- Severe back aches and pains when you stretch forward or backwards
- Constant stiffness at your back area