Why am I experiencing back pain?
Lower back pain is a pain and understanding why we get it and how to treat it will have you back on your feet in no time. Our spine is an interconnected system of bones, nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments – it is central in how our body operates. Starting at your head and moving down towards the pelvis, we have 31 segments which are pivotal in normal human functioning. We use it in everything we do! This blog will outline how we can help optimise the movement of your spine and in turn, help improve your overall health.
The spine is a major cause of grief for many individuals. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports:
- Over 4 million people reported significant back problems in 2017-2018
- Back problems are the 2nd leading cause of disease burden in Australia
- 86% of the population will experience pain at least once per week.
During the current COVID times, we have seen the impact of self-isolation, social distancing and working from home on the spine.
- Postural related injuries
- Osteoarthritis flare-ups
- Disc degeneration
- Neural compromise
- And many more
What can cause back pain?
There are many factors that contribute or increase risk of back pain. Age, physical fitness, weight, type of work are all factors that can influence your own individual experience of pain. Clinically, we see people present with a significant reduction in function and movement. Whether it is having difficulty sleeping, focusing on work or study, exercising or simply doing daily activities, back related problems can have a significant effect on our day to day lives.
Our bodies are strong, and robust and this includes our spine! It is built to withstand all the stress we put it through daily. The key to physiotherapy and back pain, is figuring out how we can help make it stronger and even more robust. There are many ways we can work on helping you with this, including:
- Pain management so your day to day activities are less impacted
- Improve your movement, so you can do the things you want to do
- Increase your strength and stability in key muscles and joints to optimise your movement and reduce too much strain on your spine.
At Physio On Miller, this could include one-on-one physiotherapy, private or group rehab sessions that incorporate clinical pilates and strength and conditioning principals. Our team are here to support your overall spinal health and help you continue to function to the best of your ability.
If you are experiencing back pain, please book into to see one of our fantastic physiotherapists. We would love to get you back to feeling and moving better!