Lower Back Pain
Physiotherapy Treatment for Lower Back Pain
The purpose of physiotherapy is to improve the movement and function of joints and muscles. It can be beneficial for reducing back pain and allowing you to move normally again. You may also be able to reduce the risk of injuring your back again because of it. Back pain can be treated with a variety of physiotherapy techniques and treatments.
Why would I need physiotherapy for back pain?
A physiotherapist may be able to help you if you are experiencing back pain that is causing significant problems or that does not resolve after a few weeks. Back pain can be treated with physiotherapy in a variety of ways. The following may be helpful.
- The non-specific lower back pain occurs when no underlying medical condition or injury has been identified.
- It is characterised by a pain that radiates from your back down your legs and may be caused by a prolapsed disc (when a disc bulges out of its normal shape and presses on a nerve).
- Degenerative disc disease is a condition caused by the ageing of the discs in the spine.
- A spinal stenosis occurs when the space around the spinal cord narrows, putting pressure on it and causing pain.
A physiotherapist may recommend physiotherapy as part of a treatment plan that includes hands-on manual therapy, an exercise program, painkillers, and psychological support. If you combine these treatments, you may be able to relieve your back pain more effectively. You can also take steps to manage your pain by learning what is causing it through your physiotherapist.