Lower back pain is experienced by many people especially those sitting at a desk all day. Back or spinal pain made up almost a third (31%) of all cases of musculoskeletal disorders.
This makes for more than 2.2 million cases per year in Australia alone!
Early intervention leads to faster recovery
By leaving this pain and trying to wait it out we often see more severe flare ups and persistent episodes start to creep up on us. As healthcare practitioners, we tend to see people complaining suffering from back pain a lot and it can be a complicated and multifactorial condition.
Most often, more serious and ongoing lower back pain is caused by a lumbar disc irritation or lumbar facet sprain. These can develop from a specific incident or gradually over time. These Bouts of lower back pain can often stop us from doing the things we love, or even the most basic of daily tasks!
Luckily, there is action you can take, and seeing an osteopath early can be a key to making a quick recovery may be able to help you!
Osteopathic management of lower back pain (massage, needling, trigger point release, exercise prescription, stretching and much more) can help with restoring movement to the affected area and can also help with reduce the pain levels you are experiencing. Combining a more active lifestyle with some management strategies could be the jump start you need to get yourself on the path to recovery.
Associated conditions stemming from back pain
When experiencing lower back pain, we can see other new complaints arise in associated areas which tend to pick up some of the slack from your injured spine. These can include the mid to upper back, the hips and pelvis and also the thighs even the legs or shoulders. These areas can often take on an increased workload to help you move more freely and can become fatigued much faster than usual. This can lead to increased muscle tightness in these areas which may contribute to your pain. Either self massage or Seeing a health practitioner can be a good way of keeping on top of these smaller complaints and helping putting you on your path to recovery.
Managing your back pain
It might not be possible to see your osteopath immediately and it just isn’t practical to get into the clinic every day for treatment, so here are some tips to help manage low back pain you may be experiencing:
Use heat to calm down acute flare ups
Hot showers, heat packs or heat gels/creams can help relax muscular tension in your lower back.
Use a foam roller or massage ball
Although this may be uncomfortable, foam rolling and massage balls can be a good way to reduce muscular tension and stress in the lower back.
Stretching can be handy to help encourage movement back into the spine and help the body restore movement. Lower back pain can often be a tricky thing to get on top of and, depending on the type of injury, can last anywhere from a few days to 12 weeks. So if you are experiencing these longer episodes of back pain it may be time to book in and see your local health professional.
Rest is no longer the answer to healing injuries. Although with some acute injuries a small amount of rest may be important to start the healing process it is also important to not completely immobilise ourselves when we are noticing pain. By exercising and moving we move fluid through our joints which is important for removing inflammation from your injury. Exercise is also important in building strength back in the injured area to prevent future incidents from occurring.
Lower back pain often can be hard to overcome however with a good management plan there can be great strides made towards limiting the pain you are experiencing and also returning to those activities that you love doing.
- Work safe Australia, 2019