Lower Back PainChartered Physiotherapy in Blackpool, St. Annes, Lytham, Poulton, Cleveleys and Fleetwood
Accounting for around 9% of all GP visits, lower back pain is one of the most common causes of disability in the UK. Four out of five people will experience the debilitating effects of back pain at some point in their lives. For some, this may simply be a problem that resolves itself quite quickly. For others, it can lead to lingering pain and disability.
Do you have back pain? Getting professional advice and the right treatment quickly can reduce the risk of long term pain, speed up your recovery and lessen its impact on your everyday life. There are plenty of choices of practitioner. Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths are seen as the experts when it comes to lower back pain. Each type has a slightly different treatment approach, but the success of your recovery will often come down to the specific skills and experience of an individual practitioner.
What are the types and causes of back pain?
Low back pain can happen for a number of reasons and it’s often down to more than one. Lifestyle factors such as smoking and a lack of exercise are considered big risk factors. You may be familiar with most of the common types of back pain: nerve root irritation (sciatica), muscle spasms, bone deformity, ligament or muscle strain, and intervertebral disc prolapses or degeneration. Each of these can affect people differently, causing extreme pain and disability in one and little or no symptoms in another.
How do you treat back pain?
Physiotherapists are well-versed in treating lower back pain. We start by undertaking a robust assessment, pinpointing the areas that are contributing to your condition, before recommending treatment that will restore mobility and reduce your symptoms to recovery. We don’t work in isolation from the rest of the healthcare profession. We’re trained to spot more serious conditions that may be masked as lower back pain and can refer you onwards to your GP or a specialist, making us the ideal first port of call.