Back Pain

Back pain – What’s it all about – Help can be found at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic (08) 9383 7883

Back pain is a centuries old condition that has afflicted the lives of humans to a greater or lesser extent since the dawn of time. Even cave men, women and children had it and they had no help to think of. It is a generally accepted fact that eighty percent of modern day humans have had back pain or would have had it before they depart the earth. Acute and chronic back pain can be severe, preventing normal daily activity from being easily carried out and it can have a detrimental social and recreational impact on our lives.

The occupational “hazards” that contribute to back pain

Just as we sleep for nearly one third of our lives, we are generally awake for the other two thirds and it’s what we do during the waking hours of each day that bears most influence on whether we experience back pain or not. The proportion of time we spend in different positions and how we carry out different activities can compound back pains, potenatially straining the muscles and joints of the spine. The spine is designed to withstand a great amount of gravitational downward force (axial loading). However the discs and joints within the spinal column do not withstand twisting forces with pressure over a sustained period of activity or time. Rotational shear forces, as with starting up a lawnmower, jetski or an outboard motor boat engine are examples of movements that can place enormous compressive and shear loading on the spine. Shear loading can lead to circumferential weakness within the annular fibres of the intervertebral discs of the spine and subsequent radial tears, thus weakening the discs and reducing space between the bones or vertebra. Accompanied with disc degeneration comes “osseous” or bony degenerative changes and the development of osteaoarthritic bony projectiosn “osteophytes’. A decrease in disc spacing and excess degenerative changes can contribute to neck pain if left unattended.

Osteophytes, osteoarthritis

Manual labour and lifting techniques

Through the ages manual labor has taken a back seat as modern desk based occupations have come to the fore. Although modern equipment makes accelerated degenerative change a less prevalent side effect of manual labor, poor lifting techniques and awkward lifting positions can really take their toll on a young and weak back. It’s easy to say “bend your legs” while lifting and it probably infuriates those of us that earn their bread and butter having a hard day having to constantly bend and pick objects up for a living. Occupations like furniture removals, carting scaffolding, digging a trench, plumbing in a pain of a sink behind pipes etc are examples of jobs where ideal lifting technique is nigh on impossible.

Help for back pain at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic

At Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic we understand that the body doesn’t read the text book, we know why back spasm and joint restrictions occur and we can help rid it from being a factor in many of our of patients lives. Physiotherapy has many forms and our physio’s will develop the best program of care for you as an individual.

Prolonged sitting and compressive forces on the spine

Most of us can sit in a nice air-conditioned room and press buttons on a computer to pay the mortgage and feed the tribe. However even that’s not fool proof. Sitting places much more load on the lower back than standing by nearly three or four times. Constantly squishing the intervertebral discs in the lower back with compressive forces from prolonged sitting places those lower back joints at risk from developing early signs and symptoms of back pain. The discs in our spine lose their cushioning effect with age and they are at increased risk of tearing with minor repetitive insults and compressive loads.

The warning signs of lower back pains and stiffness

Warning signs in the form of stiffness, pinching, numbness in the buttocks and restricted movements let us know that we need to take action. Physiotherapists can detect the cause, relieve the symptoms and help restore back movements, reducing the likelihood of re-occurrence.

Some other factors that contribute to back pain

Postural problems, continual stiffness from shortened and hypertonic muscles.

Factors that may influence recovery from back pain

  • Psychological (head space, ability to grasp the need for change)
  • Emotional (things going on outside or in personal life, work, friends and family)
  • Cognitive
  • Behavioral (habits, conscious effort to do things differently)
  • Social occupational (low job satisfaction, financial pressures, relationship issues)

Quit smoking to help reduce back pain

We give ourselves the best chance of obtaining and maintaining good health with correct lifestyle choices. Smoking does not help improve circulation and therefore it is postulated that smoking may hypothetically contribute to back pain through reduced nutrition to the joints, discs and muscles throughout the spine including the lower back.

DoCore exercises for the abs and lower back pain to help reduce back pain

Back pain can be managed with physiotherapy at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic and recovery can be enhanced but with home exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles and stretch the tighter muscles. Our Wembley physiotherapy services include prescription of structured rehab and conditioning exercises for individuals requiring extra help to ease their road back to health. Our physiotherapy patients can gain themselves extra protection from back pain and back spasm by following their rehab programs provided by their physiotherapist. Chiropractic treatment for back pain is also very effective and combines manipulative therapy at our international sports injury clinics in London and Perth.

Have work place ergonomic assessments to reduce desk based strain and back pain

Use ergonomic and work place assessments to help improve posture and take the strain off the lower back, neck and shoulders. (Call Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic for a workplace ergonomic assessment (08) 9383 7883. Treatment for Back Pain » Back Pain Exercises »