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Back Pain

Back pain is extremely common and will affect most people at some point in their lives.

It is estimated that 70-90% of Australians will suffer lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives. Back problems are considered the third leading cause of disease burden in Australia behind only cancer and CVD.

 

Due to the complex anatomy of the human spine, back pain can originate from

a variety of structures, these include:

  • Muscles

  • Ligaments / Tendons

  • Bone Joints

  • Discs

  • Nerves

  • Spinal Cord Compression

When it comes to diagnosis and treatment for your back pain we are the experts!

As Physiotherapists back pain is the most common ailment we see and we can call on a variety of treatment techniques to work on your acute symptoms, these include:

  • Dry Needling

  • Muscle Release

  • Taping

  • Stretches / Exercise Prescription

  • Postural Correction

  • Cupping

  • Fascial Mobility

However the most effective treatment of back pain is prevention.

 

Identifying the causal factors and addressing these prior to a flare up or spasm can eliminate the condition before it affects you. 

  • Have you suffered from a bout of back or neck pain in the past year?

  • Have you suffered any form of injury or surgery to your back or neck in the past?

  • Have you been diagnosed with any form of spinal alignment abnormality, eg. Scoliosis?

  • Do you work at a desk and struggle to control your posture?

  • Do you suffer from leg or foot pain/tingling/weakness or pins and needles?

  • Do you have trouble squatting down or carrying shopping bags?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above you may be at risk of back pain. Please come in for an assessment and we will produce an easy to follow plan or some simple lifestyle modifications to prevent back pain from negatively affecting your life.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is very common amongst the Australian population and most people will be affected by neck pain in some form throughout their lives. The causes of neck pain are many and varied, below is a list of common causes:

 

Due to the complex anatomy of the human spine, back pain can originate from

a variety of structures, these include:

  • Neck, back or shoulder posture.

  • Stress

  • Sleeping position

  • Sporting injury

  • Vehicle accident

  • Prolonged use or computer or smart phone

  • Disc injury

  • Nerve damage

  • Arthritis or joint degeneration

Neck pain is also very commonly associated with headaches with sufferers often reporting that neck pain will precede the onset of a headache.

We have a number of treatment techniques that we typically utilize to combat the acute symptoms of neck pain, these include:

  • Dry Needling

  • Muscle Release

  • Taping

  • Stretches / Exercise Prescription

  • Postural Correction

  • Cupping

  • Fascial Mobility

We have also noticed an increasing trend in the prevalence of “insidious onset” neck pain where by the neck pain comes with no particular incident.

 

We believe that our postural behaviours have changed in past 10 years or so with the rapid growth in the use of smart phones and tablets.

It only takes one to observe a busy train station to understand the amount of stress that we are putting our necks under by constantly looking down at our smart phone for extended periods, this places the posterior cervical muscles under constant load which will also load up the cervical discs anteriorly causing posterior pressure in the direction the posterior disc protrusions. 

If you have fallen victim to this latest trend, and let’s face it we all have, rest assured that there a few excellent treatment modalities to provide immediate relief as well as some excellent tips on how to prevent neck pain and headaches.