Back Pain 

Low Back Pain

We see many patients because they have pain in their lower spine, such as in the lumbar region, sacrum or coccyx.

Being a physiotherapist for nearly 30 years I have treated many hundreds of people with back pain. Research indicates that over 3.5 million Australians (that’s one in six people) had chronic back pain in 2014-2015. More than 3 out of four of these 3.5 million people were between the ages of 15 and 64.

Chronic back pain can affect your working life. But, we are here to help you.

Will getting an image (X-ray, MRI, CT scan) help find the problem?

Normally no. This is because often what you see on an image has practically nothing to do with why you have low back pain. As one 2010 report stated, there is “very little correlation between imaging findings of disc herniation and the clinical course. Imaging findings of structural change of osteoarthritis do not correlate with pain production”.

 

You can see a startling example of how structural changes in your spine do not necessarily cause back pain in my blog post titled: Do X-rays, CAT scans and MRIs tell you the truth about your Spinal Pain?

Are some people more likely than others to have sick leave due to low back pain?

Yes. Heavy smokers are more likely to take more than 7 days sick leave due to low back pain.

The same applies to those who bend backwards and forwards regularly every day at work.

Can physiotherapy relieve low back pain?

Yes. This is a common condition for physiotherapists to treat, and many patients will have their pain fully resolved with physiotherapy. This is not something you have to live with. We can help.

We can guide you through exercises that can strengthen your back. Restoring movement is our mission.

Please call today on 3205 7019 to book an appointment. You are welcome to book online.