Lower Back Pain

The majority (70%) of the population at some time or another suffer from back pain. 

Spinal pain may be serious. If your are suffering referred pain, pins & needles, numbness, extreme pain, headaches, problems with speech, vision or hearing please seek medical help immediately.

Back pain is usally caused from one of the following:

  • Disc Trauma (small tears, bulges, prolapses or collapse)
  • Nerve irritation (sciatic, femoral, gluteal, obturator)
  • Spinal degeneration (cartilage damage, bone degeneration, arthritis)
  • Facet joint stiffness (postural or traumatic)
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Muscle or Ligament Tears / Spasm
  • Back pain can be traumatic (high force) or Atraumatic (low force repetitious such as RSI)


If your back hurts, don’t ignore it. Physiotherapists are well trained to give an accurate diagnosis and treatment the problem.  We can refer for MRI, CT, X ray, Ultrasound or blood test as required.
We are able to provide a proven, safe and effective treatment.
Research shows that for a rapid recovery, early intervention and treatment are essential.

Physiotherapy Aims
1) Treat the pain and other symptoms
2) Help identify the causes to prevent recurrence and
3) Provide self-management strategies

Treatment: Strong Evidence in Literature
1) Specific lower back strengthening and general exercise programs

(core stabilisation, pilates)
2) Mobilisation, Manipulation and Hands On Therapy

(Should only be used for certain conditions)
3) Acupuncture / Dry Needling
4) Electrotherapy (TENS)

Treatment: Others
1) Postural Modification

(seat supports, taping, innersoles, orthotics, body awareness exercises)
2) Hydrotherapy (great supportive environment)
3) Supportive Taping / Bracing
4) Use of Gels, Creams, Hot & Cold

Lower Back pain is very individual due to the large number of structures and factors that contribute to your condition. What works for others may not work for you and you will have to trial various treatments under the guidance of your Physiotherapist to find what works for your particular condition.

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