Back pain can be a debilitating experience, and if left without proper care and attention may lead to long-term problems. If you are currently suffering from back pain, you are far from alone.
Back pain is more common then you may realise. It is estimated that 70-90% of Australians will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, 1 in 6 of us suffered from back pain in 2018 alone. But don’t fret, there are reliable options to help ease any back pain you may be dealing with.
Back pain is classified as any pain experienced along the spine. This can be from the neck, down the back and to the buttocks. In some cases, back pain can even spread and be felt in other areas of the body, such as your arms or legs.
The good news is that back pain is rarely a dangerous condition, and even acute pain can be improved in only 6 weeks. A physiotherapist can best help you create a routine to start reversing back issues. It’s not a difficult process but will require daily attention. Back pain best responds to a multi-disciplinary approach which will include stretches and daily exercise.
Exercise may seem counter-intuitive when your back is in pain, but keeping your back moving is essential for rehabilitation. Even on days when you are in severe pain, resting is not the answer. Some studies have suggested that gentle, slow movements during acute back pain will relieve symptoms much more effectively than bed rest.
If you are someone that suffers from recurrent or persistent back pain, you will need to to see a healthcare professional, such as a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist will give you the tailored advice you need to manage the pain and get moving again. If they believe there is a more serious problem your physiotherapist can refer you for an MRI or XR.
Don’t let back pain hold you back any longer. Get in touch with SportsCare today to find out the right approach for you and get back to your pain-free self.