Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

You have probably found this page because of your search for ‘lower back pain.’

You are in the right place.

This article will help you understand your back pain, why it’s so debilitating and how you can relieve pain and stiffness.

Struggling with putting on your socks, hours stuck in bed or on the floor and needing your loved ones to help you get dressed will be a thing of the past once you access the right guidance and treatment.

Non-specific back pain affects 80%-90% of the population at some point in their life. Other people may experience more complex back pain where they experience referral into the buttocks or legs. 

Having experienced lower back pain myself I know how debilitating and frustrating it can be.

In my blog ‘What to do if you get ‘stuck’ with severe’ back pain I talk about the challenges of simply putting a sock on let alone having to face a physical job or look after a family member. If your interested in a first hand account and how I was able to return to work after just 2 weeks click here.

An assessment with a professional can help give you peace of mind that it isn’t anything serious and to let you know whether an urgent referral or MRI is necessary. 

Lower back pain is complex and physios spend years learning the science to make sure we treat you effectively.

Unfortunately, some people will experience back pain for a prolonged period of time and this can affect the patient both psychologically and physically as they are unable to work and continue on a normal life as they had before.

The good news is with the right treatment lower back pain can be helped.

It’s important to manage your expectations.

If you have had back pain for years we are not offering a miracle cure. But it’s amazing that, with the right routine, you can take control so that you ahem the right tools to keep it at bay and minimise exacerbation.  

An inspiring example of this is a women who saw us 18 months ago following a 10 year history of back pain.

“When I initially saw you 10 years after a diagnosed disc prolapse, I’m not embarrassed to share that I had reached breaking point and was suicidal. I couldn’t surf, horse ride or even go to work without excruciating pain.

My body was full with all sorts of pills and opioids that didn’t even touch it. Not the life you expect to be living in your 30’s. Now everything has changed. I am back to riding, surf 3 times a week and manage a stressful job.

I still have hiccups by my pain no longer defines me, it no longer limits what I can do. It was amazing to see that my pain could be resolve even after such a long time.”


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What Is Causing My Lower Back Pain?

So here’s a bit about the science…

More than one pain type or generator can coexist in the same patient at the same time.

Pain Types

  • Nociceptive (chemical i.e. inflammation, pressure or thermal)
  • Neuropathic ( injury to the nerve – allodynia, neuralgia, phantom limb pain, peripheral neuropathy)
  • Referred (pain which is experienced in a different part of the body than its source)

Possible pain generators 

  • Disc
  • Facet Joint
  • Sacroiliac joint
  • Muscle


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How A Thorough Assessment Of Lower Back Pain Guides Treatment

Our expert professionals are all autonomous practitioners. This means they can access you before you have seen a GP. 

We will ask relevant questions to get a clear history of your problem. This will include ruling out red flags – clinical signs which might suggest that symptoms may be more serious in nature. Luckily these more serious pathologies are rare and we can help reassure you of the likely diagnosis.

Most lower back pain, although very painful, is coming from the muscles or other sensitive structures of the back although it’s hard to believe this when we’re experiencing severe pain and can’t move normally. Until you have experienced this pain it’s difficult to understand.

The high incidences of findings on MRI such as disc degeneration in people with no pain are high so it’s important that you proceed with care if wanting immediate investigations.

Particularly as this has been shown to reduce patient well-being. Yes, that’s right just from having a scan!

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Treatment For Lower Back Pain

Finally, after all the doom and gloom I can help you understand the solution!

With 80% of the population experiencing non-specific lower back pain, you can understand that we treat this condition a lot. Whether you have normal back pain or something a bit more complex we can help you recover.

Educating you on sleeping positions, lifting techniques, how to turn in bed and how to put shoes on can make life a lot easier. 

We then use a combination of hands-on soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisation, acupuncture/ dry needling, exercises and massage to help relieve pain.

It is important to use that we also educate you on why you are experiencing the pain. This can help you move more normally and understand that although ‘it will hurt you, you won’t hurt it’

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Back pain is complex but with the right education and treatment physiotherapy has excellent results. 

As a patient said to me last week “I can’t believe it. I really can’t believe it. So much better! You can’t believe how good it feels to put my socks on” 

If you are interested in finding out how physio could help you why not book a 30-minute complimentary discovery call?

This gives you 30 minutes of uninterrupted time on the phone with a physio so that we can learn about your injury and give you advice on the steps you need to take to treat and rehab it. Simply follow the online booking directions and book it today. 

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