Help For Back Pain – Ormond, Bentleigh & Mckinnon

Our practice offers a professional and friendly environment with the express aim of helping you to overcome the condition with which you present using a combination of physiotherapy and ancillary procedures.  If you are currently experiencing lower back pain we invite you to contact us for a thorough assessment and treatment/management plan.  The information and video below will help you to understand more about your back pain.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

About

Lower back pain is an extremely common condition with up to 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some time during their lives. Although the underlying pathology is usually not serious, it is an important cause of pain in the community and has considerable impact on 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.

Causes

Most causes of back pain are the result of irritation to, or poor function of the bones, joints, ligaments or muscles in your back. Such irritation can be the result of Vertebral dysfunction, a common condition that occurs when the spinal vertebrae compress or irritate the delicate nerve structures of your lower spine.

Other causes of lower back pain include inflammatory arthritis (e.g. ankylosing spondylitis, Rheumatoid arthritis), and fractures due to osteoporosis. Back pain may also be ‘referred’ from other locations .

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.

backpain1Assessment

Your Physiotherapist will perform a detailed history, orthopaedic, neurological and spinal examination to determine the exact cause of your lower back pain. Other tests including x-rays and digital scanning such as CT or MRI may also be recommended .

Treatment Options

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 decreased nerve irritation.

Treatments are tailored to the individual case and usually consist of spinal and soft tissue mobilisation, core stabilization advice, strengthening exercises, stretching and heat/cold therapy.
Please contact us to arrange your comprehensive lower back consultation to help identify the exact cause of your back pain and begin a course of corrective care today!