In the UK, 4 out of every 5 people experience low back pain at some point in their life. Such a large number of patients request lower back pain relief that it accounts for 9% of adult GP visits and is one of the leading causes of disability. Some people experience an uncomplicated ache that improves quickly while others suffer long-term severe pain.
Seeking professional advice and getting the right treatment quickly for lower back pain reduces the risk of the condition lingering. It can also speed up recovery time and most importantly, reduce the impact it has on your life allowing you to continue to do the things that you enjoy.
There are a number of different reasons why low back pain occurs. A number of different structures can be responsible. However, it is important to remember that it could be more than one factor contributing your back pain, for this reason a thorough in-depth assessment by a physiotherapist is necessary.
Physiotherapy for Lower Back Pain
Physiotherapists are considered the experts on low back pain. By completing a robust assessment, we can often pinpoint the cause and start treatment quickly as a result. Our physios are also trained to spot any serious conditions that may present as low back pain and can refer on for further investigation, without delay when needed.
Our physiotherapy services can be accessed quickly and, if self funding, without the need for a referral. We are also recognised by all health insurance companies.
Treatment for Low Back Pain
Low back pain is one of the most common complaints treated in our clinic. The above problems can affect each individual differently. In some cases it can cause severe pain and disability.
Joint mobilisations are used to release joint stiffness, improve movement and reduce pain. Joint mobilisations are recommended in the NICE guidelines for managing low back pain.
Acupuncture is used for both pain management and reducing muscle tension. It is an adjunct to other physiotherapy treatment modalities that you may receive. Research suggests acupuncture has good outcomes when used in the treatment of chronic lower back pain.
There is strong evidence, and recommendations in the NICE guidelines, that general and specific exercise can help low back pain. Your physio will be able to prescribe exercises that will help you to rehabilitate your low back pain outside the clinic. Exercise programs may consist of mobility, strengthening, stretching, and general fitness exercises.
Research has shown Pilates to be beneficial for people with low back pain, we run regular Pilates classes by our APPI qualified therapists, ask your physiotherapist for further advice.
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