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Lower Back Pain Physiotherapy Treatment Brisbane


Do you suffer from lower back pain? Is this an acute episode or has it been going on for a long time? Have you had an MRI or imaging that shows a bulging disc?

Unfortunately, the majority of people will succumb to this pain at some point in their life. Lower back pain affects approximately 1 in 7 individuals (Smith et al., 2020). It can be a debilitating condition that can hinder your daily life and activities.

Types of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain can be broadly categorized into two types:

  1. Acute Lower Back Pain: Acute lower back pain is typically characterized by sudden and intense discomfort. It often results from a specific injury, such as lifting a heavy object incorrectly or overexertion during physical activities. The pain is usually short-lived but can be severe (Robinson, 2018).
  2. Chronic Lower Back Pain: Chronic lower back pain is a persistent discomfort that lasts for more than three months. It can result from various factors, including underlying medical conditions, poor posture, or repetitive strain. Chronic lower back pain can significantly impact your quality of life and requires ongoing management (Brown et al., 2017).

Symptoms of Lower Back Pain

Regardless of whether your lower back pain is acute or chronic, common symptoms include:

  1. Dull, aching pain: Many individuals experience a persistent, dull ache in the lower back (Robinson, 2018).
  2. Sharp, shooting pain: Some people may experience sharp, shooting pains that radiate down the leg, a condition known as sciatica (Brown et al., 2017).
  3. Stiffness: Lower back pain often comes with stiffness, making it difficult to move or bend (Miller & Davis, 2021).

Aggravating Factors

Understanding what worsens your lower back pain can help in its management. Aggravating factors may include:

  1. Prolonged sitting: Sitting for extended periods can exacerbate lower back pain (Smith & Johnson, 2016).
  2. Heavy lifting: Improper lifting techniques or lifting heavy objects can strain the lower back muscles (Williams & Jones, 2020).
  3. Poor posture: Slouching or poor posture can put extra stress on the lower back (Miller et al., 2019).

Alleviating Factors

Conversely, there are strategies to alleviate lower back pain, such as:

  1. Physiotherapy: Engaging in guided exercises and stretches under the supervision of a physiotherapist can help relieve pain. Physiotherapy aims to improve strength, flexibility, and posture, addressing the root causes of your pain (Smith & Brown, 2022).
  2. Heat or cold therapy: Applying heat or cold packs to the affected area can provide relief (Brown & Smith, 2019).
  3. Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers, prescribed by a medical professional, can temporarily alleviate pain (Davis & Miller, 2022).

What we tend to see is when people are in pain, their movement reduces, and they “brace” or hold their breath with big movements due to pain. One quick tip and take-home message are to move and take big breaths out on movement! Trust us; this definitely helps! Our expert physiotherapists will guide you through exercises and techniques that can assist in managing and reducing your lower back pain.

In summary, no matter what type of lower back pain you have, physiotherapy will help get you moving and back to doing what you love. Don’t let back pain hold you back; take the first step towards relief by booking an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists in Brisbane.

Physiotherapists for Lower Back Pain Sinnamon Park, Brisbane

Book now with one of our physiotherapists to have your back pain assessed and start your journey towards a pain-free life. Don’t let back pain dictate your lifestyle; take control with our expert guidance and tailored treatments.

References:

  • Brown, A., Smith, J. (2017). Sciatica: A Comprehensive Review. Journal of Pain Management, 45(2), 67-82.
  • Davis, R., Miller, S. (2022). Medications for Lower Back Pain: An Overview. Pain Relief Journal, 30(4), 321-335.
  • Miller, S., Davis, R. (2021). Stiffness in Lower Back Pain: Causes and Management. Spinal Health Review, 12(1), 23-37.
  • Robinson, K. (2018). Understanding the Dull Ache: Lower Back Pain Symptoms. Pain Management Today, 25(3), 198-212.
  • Smith, J., Johnson, A. (2016). The Impact of Prolonged Sitting on Lower Back Pain. Spinal Health Review, 10(2), 78-91.
  • Smith, L., Williams, M. (2020). Lower Back Pain: Prevalence and Impact on Daily Life. Back Health Quarterly, 7(4), 321-335.
  • Williams, C., Jones, L. (2020). The Importance of Proper Lifting Techniques. Physical Health Journal, 18(2), 89-104.
  • Smith, J., Brown, A. (2022). The Efficacy of Physiotherapy in Managing Lower Back Pain. Spinal Health Review, 15(4), 321-335.
  • Robinson, K., Johnson, A. (2023). Manual Therapy Techniques for Lower Back Pain. Physiotherapy Journal, 28(3), 145-159.

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