Back pain is one of the most common health problems. 90% of people experience at least one episode of back pain throughout their lives.
There are numerous ligaments, tendons and muscles around your back and spinal joints. Pathological change or strain in any of these tissues may cause back pain.
Are you feeling any one of these symptoms:
- Pain or ache in the lower back area.
- Pain spreading from buttock to thighs and legs, or even down to the foot.
- Aggravation of back pain when sneezing or coughing.
- Feeling of weakness in the lower limbs
- Any feeling of tingling, numbness, or a burning sensation
Our specialist physios are able to greatly relieve pain in 70%-80% of the patients.
If your back pain occurred within the previous 6 weeks, it is classified as acute back pain. Studies suggest the best course of action is to continue your daily activities as tolerated (though not engage in active exercises while pain is severe) and minimize your bed rest. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen are the pain medications of choice for treating acute low back pain.
Studies showed that most cases (up to 90%) of acute lower back pain can be resolved within 6 weeks.
When symptoms of back pain extend beyond 6 to 12 weeks, the condition has moved from the acute to the chronic phase. The conservative approach for chronic non-specific lower back pain is physiotherapy. Through a physical examination, your physiotherapist can uncover underlying causes that contributed to your original spinal pain. A treatment program can then be developed to address both your symptoms (eg pain, numbness, weakness) and the underlying factors.
95% of Low Back Pain result from benign mechanical causes instead of a serious underlying illness
A proper diagnosis by a physiotherapist can help determine the cause of your low back pain.
The appropriate evaluation and management of low back pain rest on a few basic principles. First, it is necessary to determine whether the symptoms are caused by nerve root involvement. Second, it is necessary to determine whether the acute or chronic back pain is related to a serious underlying medical illness that is presenting itself as spine pain. After an initial assessment of the likely cause of the symptoms, the spine pain can then be treated.