Suffering from lower back pain?
“Ahh, I think I hurt my back!” Does that phrase sound familiar? Often, we might have a loved one complaining about having pain in his or her back. From the young to the old, back pain is an extremely common issue that can happen to anyone. Thus, it is important that people educate themselves on how back pain occurs and how to prevent them. They are to seek the necessary help to treat and manage them.
That is where a physiotherapist is needed to tackle this issue.
Brace yourselves as we learn more about back pain and how we should handle them
What’s causing my lower back to hurt?
Back pains occur when either the muscles, joints, ligaments, or discs are overstretched or overused. This is caused by extreme movement and improper techniques from the back. Some examples include prolonged poor posture, heavy lifting and high intensity physical activities.
Should I be worried about lower back pains?
Most back pains are considered trivial or superficial. Patients can expect the pain to subside within a short time range from several hours to a day or two. Should back pains still linger 1-2 weeks after its onset, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately.
The tell-tale symptoms of serious back injuries are as such:
- Constant back pain despite rest,
- Progressive pains over several days,
- Constant nerve pains or numbness in the lower limbs,
- Difficulty in walking properly,
- Poor bladder control and bowel movement
Lower Back pain might point to underlying conditions (Slipped Disc)
A slipped disc occurs when lubricant in the discs start to dry out at the lower back region. This causes the discs to become less capable of protecting the spine from impact, especially from highly stressful physical activities. Over time, this will result in tears in the disc, causing slipped disc to happen.
Slipped discs are notorious for causing nerve irritation. Patients can expect themselves to feel sharp pains and numbness in their lower back and legs.
While a slipped disc can recover on its own, more serious cases will require surgery to remove the protruded part of the disc.
How do I prevent lower back pains?
People need to be mindful of activities that are likely to strain their back. Whether is it picking up something to heavy or going overboard in a high impact sports. Simple activities such as stretching or core exercises and swimming are some exercises that can help prevent back pains.
While we may go through mundane tasks or jobs that require us to sit down for prolonged periods, it is recommended for people to take breaks in between to stretch their backs. This will prevent too much pressure from building up on the spine, reducing the likelihood of back pains.
How will a physiotherapist help me?
Physical therapy allows patients to manage back pain using massage, hot/cold pack, and other treatments to help alleviate the pain. Exercise prescription also allows the back and core muscles to be strengthened, thus reducing the impacts of stress on the spine.
Why choose Ready Fit?
At Ready Fit Physiotherapy, we utilise various effective methods and customise them to accelerate your recovery and manage your condition, allowing you to have a better quality of life.
WINBACK TECAR Therapys
This is a French non-invasive technology that utilises WINBACK energy, a high frequency current that can stimulate our body’s natural repair mechanisms, promoting cellular exchange. It is used to treat deep tissues and heal injuries without causing pain.
Individualised Exercise Prescription (Strengthening/Prevention) Your Physiotherapist will prescribe suitable strengthening exercises targeting the causes of your knee pain which are customised for your individual condition and pain level. These exercises can be performed in between your Physiotherapy appointments to maintain strength and relieve pain.
Manual therapy involves the kneading and manipulation of muscles to promote flexibility and mobility of connective tissues. There are a variety of styles of manual therapy, which include massages, myofascial release, and stretching.
The term “dry needling” refers to the use of stainless-steel needles that don’t inject fluid into the body. The needles are placed in trigger points on your lower back to release any knotted muscles and relieve spasms and pain.
At Ready Fit Physiotherapy, we do our best to maximise results for our patients. While traditional physiotherapy treatments are undoubtedly effective, we utilise the latest non-invasive technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to further accelerate the recovery process
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