Regardless of age or gender, 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some time in their life.
Quite a high statistic, but little surprise given the number of pain sensitive tissues around our spine, and the increase in sedentary occupations and lifestyles these days
A common buzz word linked to LBP is sciatica, which refers to pain not only experienced in the back, but in the buttocks and down the back of the legs. It is often described as a sharp, electric shock type pain that can be extremely debilitating, and often linked with protective muscle spasm.
Our priority is to accurately diagnose your condition, and then initiate a treatment plan focusing on reducing your pain level and restoring function to the region. We often find that once the pain has receded, it is important to ensure there is no residual muscle tightness or joint restriction, as when it comes to the resumption of day to day activities, ie bending down to put socks on or leaning over the bathroom sink, the risk of re-aggravation can be heightened.
We may provide you with appropriate stretches to lessen muscle contracture, give instruction on improving your core stability and awareness, and make you aware of other risk factors you can ideally stamp out to avoid future recurrences.