Back pain is a common occurrence for many individuals and can vary from a lite twinge to an extreme pain that leaves you bedridden for days. Physiotherapy can help ease the pain of a sore and aching back by finding the root cause of the pain source and handling it.
How physiotherapy can help with your back pain
Physiotherapists take an approach that’s holistic when dealing with an individual. For example, while your back pain may have been caused by a sports injury, you may have some anxiety or stress in your life that is not allowing you to let go of this pain. The aching that you feel in your lower back may be attributed to the tense shoulder and neck muscles that you are walking around with due to high stress in your life.
The physiotherapist’s role is to find the actual cause of the problem and then correct it. This is done through a treatment plan that is custom-made for the individual and may include manual therapy techniques, exercise and movement or a combination of both.
Common causes of back pain
Here are some of the most common root causes of back pain:
- Carrying or lifting objects incorrectly
- Vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries
- Poor posture
- Twisting or bending awkwardly
- Standing or sitting in one position for an extended period of time
- Inherited spinal problems
- Other health conditions that may not seem related but really are
In order to correctly treat your back pain the physiotherapist will assess your situation completely in order to determine the cause of the problem. You will be asked to fill out a series of forms and will then undergo a physical examination. You will be told whether any x-rays will need to be taken and if you have already have x-rays taken, they can be forwarded over from your medical doctor.
Once this is completed the therapist will explain what needs to be done and why, and will also let you know what you can do on your own in the form of supplementary exercises to help further the treatment process along. The physiotherapist will also explain what you can expect as a reasonable outcome and how to keep your back pain from recurring again.