Don’t Ignore Your Back Pain; Seek Physiotherapy Assistance

Don’t Ignore Your Back Pain; Seek Physiotherapy Assistance

Don’t Ignore Your Back Pain; Seek Physiotherapy Assistance

The majority of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. This is not to say that you should accept your pain as a normal, unavoidable part of life.

Back pain can make it difficult to reach, lean, kneel, lift, or bend. It can also make it difficult to spend time with friends and family. Lower back pain, if left untreated, can cause long-term pain, dysfunction, and even nerve damage in some people.

This is why it is critical to be proactive in the treatment of back pain. You can find solutions to your pain and learn how to manage it with the help of your physiotherapist, allowing you to avoid long-term damage.

Contact MSK Health and Performance Clinics to learn more about your treatment options.

Why do I have back pain?

Mechanical low back pain originates in and around the spine. The injury or irritation of the muscles, joints (including the intervertebral discs and facet joints), nerves or surrounding ligaments, and other soft tissue causes the pain you experience.

Back pain is frequently associated with the following factors:

  • Improper posture or prolonged positions (i.e. prolonged sitting)
  • Spinal muscle and tissue damage (i.e. lifting strains or trauma from accidents)
  • Limited hip, spine and pelvis mobility
  • Limited muscle flexibility
  • Spinal/pelvic muscle weaknesses (aka “core” weakness)
  • Poor abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination (i.e. compensations due to injury)

Unfortunately, many people do not seek treatment when they experience back aches. They may believe that nothing, except medication and rest, can alleviate their back pain. However, there is little to no evidence that acetaminophen, skeletal muscle relaxants, or lidocaine patches are effective in the treatment of chronic low back pain.

Physiotherapy, on the other hand, has been proven time and time again to help relieve back pain and restore function.

How to prevent back pain

Not only can your physiotherapist relieve your back pain, they can ensure that it returns less frequently or not at all. Your physiotherapist may recommend the following practices to prevent back aches.

1. Limit Sitting For Too Long

Prolonged sitting is not good for your back, or your overall health. Although adjusting your posture while sitting can be beneficial, standing up at regular intervals throughout the day is a more effective option.

Try to sit for no more than 30-45 minutes at a time. You’ll be surprised by the results!

2. Use Good Posture

Because our spine is designed to move, so should our posture. The spine does not like to stay in one position for long periods of time. Most people slouch and then remain in that position for long periods of time. You can counteract the slouch by finding a “good” posture.

Imagine your breast bone is lifted towards the sky as you stand. This will naturally straighten your spine, lifting you up and keeping your hips, spine, shoulders, and neck aligned.

3. Use Strength Training

There are hundreds of muscles in your body. Your spine is protected and controlled by these muscles. You can keep them strong by lifting weights, running, and swimming. Train the muscles in your hips, pelvis, and spine, also known as your core muscles.

Physiotherapy is a safe, natural, and effective solution

According to research on back aches, treatments are effective for acute and chronic conditions. Manual therapy, joint mobilization manipulation, exercise instruction, education, and techniques such as the McKenzie Method and therapeutic yoga are examples of treatments for back aches. All of these have been shown to help relieve discomfort and restore function.

Physiotherapists evaluate your specific condition to identify and address all contributing factors of your back discomfort. Rather focusing on a single source of discomfort, your physiotherapist will address all of them.

At MSK Health and Performance Clinics, our physiotherapists are experienced in hands-on intervention and exercise selection. So you can be sure you’ll receive the most comprehensive and appropriate treatment plan to help you resolve your discomfort and/or restore your function.

Request an appointment with MSK Health and Performance Clinics today!

Though back aches can sometimes go away on its own, it’s never a good idea to ignore pain warning signs in your body. Be proactive with your treatment and visit a physiotherapist for a comprehensive assessment.

Here you’ll learn what steps you can take to alleviate your pain and prevent further episodes. If you have a history of back injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a physiotherapist. We are looking forward to treating you!

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