Lower & Upper Back Pain
At 4 Life physiotherapy back pain is the most common injury we encounter and our expert therapists have a proven track record of getting great results. In fact, we help 100’s of patients every week to regain control of their back problems. Appropriate early management, a comprehensive assessment, and an individually tailored treatment and rehabilitation program are the keys to a great outcome.
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Although the underlying pathology of back pain is usually not serious, it is an important cause of pain and dysfunction in our community. Many structures in the low back region may cause pain, stiffness or dysfunction. These structures include bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves.
There are also a number of conditions that may contribute to low back pain including numerous types of mechanical and inflammatory arthritis and osteoporosis. Back pain can also be referred from other places in the body, meaning the pain is felt in the lower back, but the source of the pain is from elsewhere in the body.
Our Physiotherapists will take the time to thoroughly assess your back injury to determine the underlying source of your pain and all contributing factors, not just your symptoms. This individualised approach to back pain assessment means that our treatment plans are tailored to the specific needs and goals of each of our patients, ensuring a quicker and more complete recovery.
Although not generally necessary, our Physiotherapists can order tests such as x-rays, ultrasound, or MRI scans if needed.
Whilst the majority of back pain sufferers will recover within a short period, a small number will go on to develop chronic back pain and experience a gradual deterioration in their function. In addition, approximately 44% of people with back pain will experience a recurrence within a year of their initial injury and 90% within their lifetime. This is why 4 Life Physiotherapy’s individualised approach to back pain is so important. Simply put, our Physiotherapists will design and implement a treatment to address the underlying cause of your low back pain and get you back to what you love doing. We will also provide a maintenance program to reduce the likelihood of recurrence or ongoing pain.