Lower Back Pain
Back pain can be particularly difficult to diagnose due to the complexity and the number of structures and tissues in the lower back that can cause pain. The most common causes are slipped discs and this can sometimes cause leg pain called Sciatica. In addition, scoliosis, spinal canal stenosis, spondylytis, spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis, spondylosis, transverse process fracture, facet joint pain and more.
Inversion therapy involves hanging upside down to apply gentle traction to the spine.We explain the benefits of Inversion Therapy and how it can help with back pain.
In the case of minor back injuries, it is recommended to follow a modified version of the P.R.I.C.E. therapy principle. This series of treatment methods can be applied at home for at least the first 2 – 3 days. P.R.I.C.E. stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
Most back injuries will settle with appropriate rest and treatment however some require further assessment. Minor back injuries are usually recommended to apply protection (back support), rest, ice and compression. Here we outline when it might be suitable to seek professional advice.
Mild or moderate low back pain can be from a chronic or long term back problem or can follow a bout of acute low back pain. It may be difficult to diagnose a specific cause of long term low back pain as a number of structures can cause or contribute to the pain.
Acute low back pain is a severely painful back pain which usually comes on suddenly from a movement such as bending over or twisting. It often results from a chronic or long term back injury which flares up worse from time to time.
Scoliosis is an S shaped or C shaped curve in the spine. You can be born with it, or it can develop over time. It can also range from very mild which is hardly noticeable to sever cases causing deformity.