Back Pain

Lower back or spine pain is extremely common affecting up to 90% of us at some point during our lifetime. It is so common in fact that after tiredness and headache it is the leading cause of GP visits in the UK.

The good news is however that despite the stigmatism attached to low back pain a vast majority of cases will self limit that is they will settle spontaneously on their own within 4-12 weeks. It is widely accepted that bed rest is no longer considered beneficial and you should aim to keep functionally active as much as you can within your pain limits. Many of our clients attend the clinic within this period to get reassurance on the likely cause of their pain and facilitate what activities and exercises alongside any other advice is best suited to aid their immediate recovery.

The cause of Low back pain can be numerous and may include soft tissue such as muscles and ligaments, be structural such as bone or joint, or even from a disc. As a result the symptoms that you feel can be extremely varied and are not always ‘painful’. Pins and needles, numbness, burning, aching and muscular fatigue can all be reported in the lower limbs in response to a problem in your spine, sometimes even if you do not have back pain. More commonly however is a focal point of pain in your lower back or a generalised deep ache that may cover both sides and even into your buttocks.

If you have spine or back pain and experience any change in your bowel or bladder control you should contact your GP or Accident and Emergency immediately for further investigations and/or advice.

Physiotherapy is widely acknowledged in the treatment of low back pain and our very experienced team of therapists can provide accurate assessments allowing advice and treatment to be individualised to your own specific complaint. If we feel you complaint warrants a more specialist opinion or investigation then this will be discussed with you and the appropriate arrangements made.

Feeling pain? Call us now! 016-4 601641.