What is it?

80-90% of the population experience low back pain at some point during their lifetime. This pain can be in the back but can also radiate to the hips, groing, thigh and calf area. There are many structures that may be affected such as the
-Vertebrae
-Disc
-Facet joint
-Sacro-iliac joint
-Nerves
98% of low back pain episodes will result in a complete recovery. Most will never require surgery or long term management.

What causes it?

Poor posture
Collisions or falls such as with car accidents, horse riding or contact sports
Poor biomechanics and overloading
Poor functional techniques
Age

What can I do?

The most important thing to remember is not to panic. It is most unlikely that there is anything serious to worry about. Remember that you will get better. Like symptoms of a cold, you may have pain and discomfort for a few days, but it will go away.
If recommended by your GP/ Pharmacist, use over the counter paracetamol or ibuprofen for a day or two to help you manage the pain. You can use a heat pack or hot water bottle if that gives you relief. Continue to keep moving as much as possible. Walking is the best remedy.
When you feel pain, this is not a sign of things getting worse. It is just the sensitised soft tissue getting simulated. This is very similar to pushing on a bruise- it hurts, but it’s not going to get any worse.
Finally, remember to breathe from your diaphragm. Holding your breath can increase the pressure through your sensitised soft tissues which lead to more pain.

When do I see the Physio/Osteo?

All the therapists at Complete Care provide accurate diagnosis and use a range of techniques to settle down your symptoms. They can correct poor biomechanics and provide you with an appropriate rehabilitation program. It’s best to seek help as soon as possible!

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