Lower Back Pain
Lower Back Pain Treatments and Physio
Lower back pain (LBP) is a common disorder involving the muscles, nerves, and bones of the back. Pain can vary from a dull constant ache to a sudden sharp feeling.
Lower back pain is one of the most common conditions treated by physiotherapists and if you are unlucky enough to have been a sufferer of left or right side pain, you know that severe back pain can take over your life if you don’t seek the right treatment for permanent relief.
With improved understanding, health professionals have come to identify some common myths about back pain that are inaccurate, misleading or even counterproductive.
Initial management with non–medication based treatments usually involve a highly qualified physiotherapist which can help solve this problem through guided physio treatments such as lower back physiotherapy which can also involve exercise, unless severe damage has occurred requiring spinal surgery.
Three Common Myths About Lower Back Pain
Myth #1 – Discs can ‘slip’ out of place
Sitting between the vertebrae of the spine are soft discs that provide flexibility and shock absorption to the spine. In the past, many health professionals including doctors and physiotherapists told patients that these discs had ‘slipped’ as a way of explaining their pain to them.
While this was helpful to some extent, it is not entirely accurate, as these discs are actually very secure and rarely, if ever ‘slip’ out of place. Discs may bulge slightly or in some cases tear, however more often than not these injuries will heal without any permanent damage and exist in many people without causing any Low back pain at all.
Thinking that a part of your spine has permanently ‘slipped’ out of place can cause you to move differently, which can create more pain and dysfunction in itself.
Myth #2 – If you have low back pain, you should stay in bed
When back pain strikes, our natural instinct is to rest, avoid movement and wait for the pain to pass. However, studies have shown that being active and performing targeted and gentle exercises can help improve low back pain.
In fact, our impulse to stop moving and protect our spines can actually cause abnormal movement patterns and stress, leading to ongoing pain after the original injury has healed.
If you are unsure of what kind of exercises you should be doing, your physiotherapist can help guide you with a targeted exercise program. In those with chronic pain, the pain processing system may malfunction, causing large amounts of pain in response to non-serious events
Myth #3 – Severe Lower Back pain means severe damage
In those with chronic pain, the pain processing system may malfunction, causing large amounts of pain in response to non-serious events. Pain that is severe, strikes suddenly and without warning can be a very scary experience.
If this happens to you, you could be forgiven for assuming you must have sustained a very serious injury.
The fact is, however, that the spine, being surrounded by nerves is a particularly sensitive area of the body and pain in this area can be very strong without significant damage.
A small ligament sprain or muscle tear can actually cause a large amount of pain and it is common for intense symptoms to settle down quickly, even disappearing within a few days. In many cases, symptoms that last for longer than 2-3 weeks are caused by changes to your movement patterns in response to this pain and not the original injury itself.
How Do You Cure Lower Back Pain From Muscle And Joint Strain ?
If you are suffering from back pain, the best person to see is your physiotherapist. They can help you to recover without any complications or side effects and help you safely return to your usual activities while also ruling out any serious damage that might need further investigation.
None of the information in this article is a replacement for proper medical advice. Always see a medical professional for advice on your individual injury if you are suffering from Low back pain