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Learn more about lower back pain

Lower Back Pain

Back pain affects roughly 1 in 6 Australians. That’s roughly 3.7 million people! Back pain can occur anywhere on the spine, but lower back pain is the most common. And like many people have experienced before, it can be a painful and unpleasant injury.

Our osteopaths will examine your lower back and surrounding areas to determine the cause, provide a diagnosis and give you a plan to get you moving again. 

What is lower back pain?

Lower back pain refers to any pain that occurs in the lumbar spine. For some the pain can occur centrally, towards the left or right, sharp or dull and could be acute or chronic pain. On occasion people can develop neurological involvement and may experience burning pain, pins and needles or numbness down the legs. 

Often along with pain in the lower back many people experience a great deal of tightness, stiffness or an inability to move their lower back in all or certain positions. 

While there may be similarities between peoples lower back pain everyone is a little unique. 

Your osteopath will try to find the cause of your pain to adapt a treatment approach specific to you.

What causes lower back pain?

Lower back pain can occur in different ways. Back pain can begin due to postural problems while working, car accidents or other types of trauma, specific conditions impacting your lower back or from non-specific causes. We will determine to find through our examination your specific cause and develop a treatment plan specific to your lower back injury.

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Possible causes

What causes your pain?

These are some of the specific conditions that impact your lower back pain.

Facet joint sprain

Disc herniation

Spondylolisthesis

Ankylosing Spondylitis

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How we help.

Assessment

Your practitioner will start by asking you questions about your pain. This will be followed by a physical assessment testing the range of motion of your lower back, palpating the surrounding muscles and performing some special tests. We will discuss with you our diagnosis and develop a plan with you to help you and your pain. 

Treatment

Treatment with our osteopaths is a hands-on approach. After determining where, why and how you have developed your pain we will use a combination of soft tissue techniques, stretching, mobilisation and other joint related techniques. We also consider what you do day to day and develop a home treatment plan for you to implement.

Prevention

No one wants regular, recurring nagging chronic pain. Our exercise physiologist is the person to help with prevention. Improving your strength, function and flexibility, along with lifestyle changes will help prevent any future re-injuries. 

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