Low back pain will affect most people at some time in their lives. 95% of cases are non specific and are not caused by anything serious.
Most people will report a significant improvement in their symptoms within two weeks of first having pain and almost 85% of people will fully recover in three months. Only a very small number of people develop long-standing problems and very few require surgery.
Often people feel that they require a scan to determine the cause of their pain but often this is not needed. Here at Kiltipper Woods Physiotherapy one of our Chartered Physiotherapists will complete a full assessment to determine the reason for your back pain and then provide you with treatment options. A range of physio treatments are effective for back pain. These include manual treatments, advice, dry needling, stretching, and strengthening. Your physiotherapist will also advise you on appropriate exercise and pain relief.
What can you do to help your recovery?
In the first few days after an initial injury, avoiding aggravating activities may help to relieve pain but it is important to keep active and return to all usual activities gradually, including work and hobbies. This is extremely important in aiding recovery. Prolonged bed rest is unhelpful, and is associated with higher levels of pain and poorer recovery. A Kiltipper Woods physio can advise you on this.
Regular exercise helps to keep you and your body fit and healthy, and actually helps to reduce pain. It relaxes muscle tension, helps mood and strengthens the immune system. Our Physiotherapists can work with you to develop an exercise plan that suits you.
For the management of back pain physiotherapy can work very well. If you see a physiotherapist quickly, this can not only speed up recovery but also prevent the problem happening again.
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