What causes lower back pain?

LBP can be sudden from a specific cause, or it can gradually creep up on you. You might feel any combination of tight muscles, stiff joints, inflamed discs or irritable nerve pain (like sciatica). Don't stress, it's a super common issue and you're in good hands with us. We'll treat you with the most effective techniques and help you prevent it from recurring. That's our philosophy.

What causes lower back pain?

LBP is typically felt in the lower part of your back, called the lumbar spine. More often than not, it is felt on one side more than the other and can spread out toward your kidney/buttock region and occasionally down your leg (sciatica). Most types of LBP are not serious and settle down in a matter of days to weeks. The vast majority of LBP episodes do not exceed three months in duration. LBP can happen from seemingly simple events, such as standing-up, bending forward or twisting. It is certainly not confined to more arduous activity such as lifting and shifting heavy objects.

When suffering an episode of LBP, it is common to feel pain when you're moving, walking and sitting still. Thankfully, there is strong evidence to show LBP responds very well to physiotherapy treatment, exercise and medication. Usually, the earlier you seek advice and treatment, the better and faster your recovery.

Common treatments for low back pain

  • Joint mobilisation and manipulation
  • Soft and deep tissue massage
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Core exercises and Tailored Health Plans (THP)
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (it may be necessary to consult with your doctor for this advice)

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