What is lower back pain?
Understanding your lower back pain
Due to the intricate nature and frequent use of this region, imbalances and dysfunction are prevalent for much of the population. Most of us deal with lower back pain at one point or another.
Lower back pain is typically categorised according to the onset type and the length of time it is experienced.
Develops suddenly and is felt for a few days or weeks. It is often a response to damage of some sort, and typically resolves when the issue has healed.
Symptoms of lower back pain
Common causes of lower back pain
Due to the complexities of the lower back region, messages to the brain may not clearly identify the source of the pain.
Pain may feel similar for significantly different issues. Subsequently, the timeframe of the pain can help indicate the cause, as well as appropriate scans or manipulation by trained therapists or professionals.
Injuries and trauma are common causes of lower back pain. This is particularly true of acute pain. Soft tissues, joints, or spinal discs may be damaged, irritated, or inflamed, leading to mild, moderate, or severe pain. In many cases, muscles or ligaments are pulled or torn.
Spinal discs can bulge or rupture due to many reasons, such as poor posture or age. Because their role is to provide cushioning between the spinal bones, or vertebrae, this can result in significant pain as other structures are increasingly affected.
Health conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis can also lead to pain as a result of degeneration, fractures, and inflammation. Endometriosis, pregnancy, and women’s menstrual cycles can also create pain in the lower back region.
Treatment for lower back pain
There are many approaches that can be taken to assist in reducing lower back pain. If it is impacting your life or is persisting, seeking advice and treatment from medical professionals or qualified therapists can be beneficial.
At Modern Medicine, our therapists can assist you by using a range of methods and techniques depending on the type of pain and what may be causing it. We will provide a comprehensive assessment, identify the best course of action, and develop an appropriate personalised care plan.
Massage therapy therapists use hands-on techniques to help reduce your pain by releasing tension, improving joint and muscle mobility and flexibility, and encouraging the healing process.
Myotherapy use a range of techniques to identify abnormalities and dysfunction and reduce lower back pain. These can include options such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, dry needling, and functional taping.
Exercise physiologists focus on improve the underlying issue and preventing reoccurrence or further damage or degeneration. This can involve assessment of functionality, education, and exercise prescription and guidance