Low Back Pain
How we Can Help?
Causes of Back Pain
Back pain typically stems from injuries, poor posture or abrupt and awkward activity. Medical condition such as osteoarthritis, cancer and various infections can also cause back pain, where we can ease the pain, improve mobility and function of joints and muscles but cannot cure them. Other factors increasing the likelihood of back pain includes:
- occupational activities e.g. office work at a desk
- a sedentary lifestyle
- Driving for long periods of time
- poor physical fitness
- obesity excess weight
- Heavy lifting or over stretching
- Poor mattress and pillow
There are 2 types of back pain:
- Acute – Pain starts suddenly and lasts up to 6 weeks
- Chronic – Long term pain that develops over a long period and lasts for months or may even be on-going
What we Can Treat
If you are experiencing back pain or any of the following then feel free to call us at 01234 353937 to book a consultation with us. Prevention is the best medicine, so even if you want to prevent any ‘wear & tear’ or damage over time then we would love to give your body it’s own “MOT”.
Ruptured or bulging discs
Each vertebra in the spine is cushioned by discs and if these discs rupture, then more pressure is placed on a nerve, resulting in back pain. This is also the case with a bulging disc.
Tingling, sharp pains running down the leg(s)
A sharp, shooting pain or numbness that travels along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and legs. It is usually experienced on one side of the body and often caused by a bulging or herniated disc pressing on a nerve.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic problem that can cause problems particularly with the joints in the hips and lower back. You may experience stiffness and tenderness in these areas.
Please consult with your GP first to check that it is appropriate for you to be referred to us if you are experiencing cancer of the spine, infection of the spine, pelvic inflammatory diseases or diseases of the bladder and kidneys, shingles or pregnancy.
Preventative measure/Pain Relief at Home
Regularly apply a hot compress or ice pack to painful or swollen areas. Try not to involve yourself in any strenuous activity, however still go for walks, lightly stretch or take up yoga to prevent your muscles from weakening.
- Regular Exercise – Helps build strength and control body weight. Low-impact aerobic activities can boost your health without straining/jerking the back. Core-strengthening exercises strengthens the abdominal and back muscles. Flexibility training improves core flexibility, including the spine, hips and upper legs.
- Diet – A diet that is rich in calcium and vitamin D is essential for bone health and helps control body weight.
- Posture when standing – Have a neutral pelvis position and stand straight, with your head facing forward (not tilted), shoulders back not arched over and balance your weight evenly on both feet.
- Posture when sitting – Invest in a chair with a good head-rest, back support, arm rest and at a desk, then a swivel base. Try to keep your knees and hips level with your feet flat on the floor. Sit straight with a support in the small of your back. Make sure your elbows are at right angles and your forearms are horizontal, if you are typing on a keyboard, and keep devices at eye level. Back supports and cushions can be purchased from our clinic.
- Lifting – When lifting, bend your knees to do the lifting, not arch your back forwards or ask for assistance. It is better to push rather than pull things across the floor and do multiple trips rather than carry items all at once.
- Choose flat shoes over high heels– Flat shoes are better for your posture, however, you can try out orthotics and foot supports in the clinic with us – click here for more info.