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Lower Back Pain Mornington, Bentons Square & Hastings

lowerback painLower back pain is an extremely common situation with up to four fifths of the population having back pain at some time during their lives. Although the underlying cause of low back pain is usually not serious, it is an important cause of pain in the community and has significant impact on the economy due to time taken off work.
Whilst the vast majority of patients with back pain will improve within six weeks, a small number will go on to develop long standing back pain and a gradual deterioration of functionality.

Causes
Most causes of back pain are the outcome of irritation or poor function of the bones, joints, ligaments or muscles in your spine. Such disturbance can be the outcome of Vertebral dysfunction, a regular situation that occurs when the spinal vertebrae distort or irritate the delicate nerve structures of your lower back.
Alternate reasons of lower back pain include inflammatory arthritis (e.g. ankylosing spondylitis, Rheumatoid arthritis), and fractures due to osteoporosis. Back pain may also be ‘referred’ from another area.
Rare conditions causing low back pain include cancer (usually from another source such as the prostate or lung), serious infections and compression of the spinal cord.

Examination
Your Physio will carry out a detailed history, orthopaedic, neurological and spinal test to locate the exact cause of your lower back pain. Other tests including x-rays and digital scanning may also be advised.

Treatment
Physiotherapy treatment of low back pain focuses on restoring function to badly moving spinal joints, as well as reducing muscle tension and improving muscle strength. This results in increased motion, reduced pain and deceased nerve irritation.

Treatments are tailor made to the individual case usually including spinal and soft tissue mobilisation, core stabilisation advice, strengthening exercises, stretching and heat/cold therapy.

Please contact us to organise your comprehensive lower back consultation to help locate the exact cause of your back pain and begin a course of corrective Physiotherapy care today!

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