Exercise 4 Low Back Pain
Lower back pain is very common amongst people of all ages and activity levels, with up to 80% of the population experiencing an episode at some point in their lives. Usually there is no serious underlying cause, and the pain will ease within 6 weeks. Less commonly, the pain will continue beyond this time and accompany a gradual loss in overall physical function.
Keeping physically active is essential when managing low back pain. If your pain is uncomplicated (i.e. it does not wake you in the night, it eases with positional changes, and does not accompany numbness, tingling, ‘pins and needles’ or changes in bladder or bowel control) then it is likely to ease while continuing normal movements and applying heat. Although your movements may be restricted in this time, and you may not be able to lift anything too heavy, it is important to stay as active as you can. Worrying about uncomplicated back pain can actually make the pain worse, so positive thinking is also a must.
Addressing the underlying cause to low back pain, rather than just treating the symptoms (e.g. pain & stiffness) is important in preventing ongoing episodes. At 4 Life Exercise Physiology you will be assessed thoroughly and have an exercise program designed for your individual needs.
Muscle strength, particularly in the small muscles that stabilise the lower back, does not return automatically when low back pain eases. To regain this strength, you may need to do some specific strengthening exercises. Gradually increasing exercise intensity with ‘graduated training’ and performing specific exercises to increase spinal movement and strengthen the trunk and abdominals will form the base of your rehabilitation.
Seek advice about your low back pain from our Exercise Physiologists today – call 9583 5200.