Back pain, whether it is in the upper, middle or lower back affects 8 out of 10 people at some time during their lives. 1 Because the back supports all of the body’s weight, it is subject to large amounts of mechanical stress, which often leads to injury.
Back pain can occur from routine activities such as gardening, housework, reaching for an object, or even coughing. At work it can occur through lifting, pulling and even simply sitting at a computer reading. In fact it can be caused by any number of things, sometimes for no apparent reason.
The most common causes of back pain include:
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Therapyroom1’s approach to treating back pain
All patients are assessed to try and identify the full cause of the injury and also the type of pain. Patients will be treated either in our rehabilitation gymnasium or private treatment room.
Our patients are also educated into managing their back pain; this could be by re-training the way that they move, sitting or work. We prescribe specific rehabilitation exercises (homework) that can be performed independently.
Additionally we provide:
- Advice about early activity
- Joint and soft tissue mobilisation
- Stabilisation exercises
- Re-educating patients to change their body mechanics in order to improve things like joint movement
- Stretching exercises
- Ergonomic advice at home or in the workplace
- Postural advice
- Speedy referrals and appointments to other medical practitioners
- Non surgical spinal decompression
1National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Handout on Health: Back Pain. NIH Publication No. 05-5282. September 2005.