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Low Back Pain Physiotherapy
If you have low back pain, you're not alone.
At any given time,
about 25% of people in the population report having low back pain
within the past 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and may disappear on its own. However, unfortunately for about 50% of the time, low back pain may become long term, and this leads to a decrease in quality of life or even to disability.
If your low back pain is accompanied by the following symptoms, you should visit your local emergency department immediately:
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Numbness in the groin or inner thigh
These symptoms might indicate a condition called "cauda equina
syndrome," in which nerves at the end of the spinal cord that control
bowel and bladder function are being compressed and squeezed.
Signs and Symptoms of low back pain
The signs and symptoms of low back pain can vary a lot, depending on what is the cause of the low back pain, and across different patients.
Maybe your low back pain might be
dull, burning, or sharp, and you may feel it at a single point or over a
broad area. Some patients may have low back pain that is accompanied with muscle spasms or stiffness.
Sometimes, it might spread into 1 or both legs.
There are 3 different types of low back pain:
- Acute – low back pain lasting less than 3 months
- Recurrent – acute symptoms coming back
- Chronic – low back pain lasting longer than 3 months
Most patients who have an episode of acute pain will have at least one (1 )
Unfortunately, the actual cause of low back pain isn't often known. That being said, there is other variables that can help, such as psychosocial factors, such as
- self-confidence and
- perceived ability to cope with disability
been shown to be predictors of who might not recover from low back pain
as expected. We used to believe the cause of low back pain was related
directly to the tissues of our body, but researchers are now understanding low back pain to be more complex than that.
Although low back pain is rarely serious or life threatening, there
are several conditions that may be related to your low back pain, such
While we believe the above list contributed directly to low
back pain, recent studies and research has shown these conditions can also be present in
people without any pain (asymptomatic).
How Is low back pain Diagnosed?
Our senior spinal physiotherapist will perform a thorough evaluation that includes:
- A review of your health history
- Questions about your specific symptoms
- A thorough examination that includes assessing the quality and
quantity of your movements, and any movement behaviors that might put
you at risk for delayed recovery
- Tests to identify signs or symptoms that could indicate a serious health problem, such as broken bones or cancer
- Assessment of how you use your body at work, at home, during sports, and at leisure
For most cases of low back pain imaging tests, such as
- computed tomography (CT) scans
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
may not be helpful for recovery.
For example, in a recently published article
comparing patients who received an MRI first vs seeing us first for low back pain physiotherapy for their low back pain, the patients who received an MRI first spent on
average $4,793 more (with similar outcomes in each group).
Of course, if our
senior spinal physiotherapist suspects that your low back pain might be caused by a
deeper or more serious serious health condition, we will immediately refer you to spinal orthopedic specialists for further evaluation.
How Can our senior PhysioTherapists Help?
Our senior spinal physiotherapist will help you improve or restore mobility and
reduce low back pain—in many cases, without expensive surgery or the
side effects of medications.
If you are having low back pain right now:
- Stay active, and do as much of your normal routine as possible (bed rest for longer than a day can actually slow down your recovery.)
- If your pain lasts more than a few days or gets worse, schedule an appointment to see our senior spinal physiotherapist (when you call in to our physio clinics, ask specificly for our senior spinal physiotherapists).
Not all low back pain is the same, so your treatment should be
tailored to for your specific symptoms and condition. Once the
examination is complete, our senior spinal physiotherapists will evaluate the
results, identify the factors that have contributed to your specific
back problem, and then will design an individualized treatment plan for your
specific back problem.
Low back pain physiotherapy treatments may include:
Can low back pain be Prevented?
As experts in restoring and improving mobility and movement in
people’s lives, our senior spinal physiotherapists play an important role not only in
treating persistent or recurrent low back pain, but also in preventing
it and reducing your risk of having it come back.
They can teach you how to use the following strategies to prevent back pain:
- Use good body positioning at work, home, or during leisure activities
- Keep the load close to your body during lifting
- Ask for help before lifting heavy objects
- Maintain a regular physical fitness regimen—staying active can help to prevent injuries
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Phoenix Rehab physio Services
Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist
physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly
trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of
expert care to our patients.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
HAND THERAPY & SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on
- core stability
- flexibility and
It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to
- accelerate recovery and
- shorten downtime / recovery period required
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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