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By Naomi Brasier (Osteopath)

If you have low back pain, you are not alone.

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common causes of pain in today’s society.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017–18 National Health estimate found about 4.0 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems. It is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives!

What does low back pain involve?

Low back pain can happen suddenly or gradually over time. There are many different structures that could be the potential cause of your low back pain. These include facet joints, ligaments, muscles, discs and nerves!

There are a number of factors that may increase your risk of developing low back problems, these include your age, physical fitness, your weight, and the type of work you do (to name a few).

How to frustrate your Physio or Osteo!

We get a lot of clients visiting the clinic with lower back pain saying things like “I hurt my back a few years ago, but never got it looked at”. It is important that your back pain is managed in the early stages to prevent it from becoming a chronic issue (or a recurring issue down the track).

How to manage low back pain?

One of the BEST things for back pain is to keep active.

Following an injury to your back, you may find that it becomes stiff and sore first thing in the morning or after you have been sitting in your favourite chair for an hour. This is because our muscles, joints, nerves, ligaments, discs and bones like to move even when they are sore or injured!

Movement may be a gentle walk or completing the home exercise program your physiotherapist or osteopath has provided you. Don’t be silly, we don’t mean you need to go and run a marathon or garden for 6 hours straight – use common sense and let pain be your guide!

If you are unsure about what movements, activities or exercises are best for your back pain please consult us at the clinic. We are always happy to help!

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