Low Back Pain
The prevalence of low back pain is similar across the world and affects a large proportion of the population within the UK. The are many treatments advocated for low back pain with physiotherapy being a first line measure to help reduce pain and restore function. Physiotherapists can use a variety of treatments including; Massage, Joint mobilisations and manipulation, Taping, Acupuncture and Exercise, in conjunction with advice and edcuation.
Back pain can have many causes and involve the joints, intervertebral discs and muscles of the low back. Sciatica is a term used to describe nerve pain in the leg often as a result of compression within the low back. Diagnosis and early management can assist a good recovery from back pain and sciatica. Ongoing prevention strategies can also be used to reduce the risk of future problems.
With most back pain conditions it is important to stay active to avoid losing range of movement and further worsening of symptoms. Relative rest and pain medications may also be used in the early management of back pain to assist recovery
Low back pain that has been persistent for longer than 3-6 months is classified as chronic low back pain and can be difficult to treat. A holistic approach to this type of pain is often the most effective and if needed input from other specialists may be of significant benefit. At AG Physiotherapy we have links to high quality therapists and consultants within the local area.