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Low back pain

Low back pain is estimated to affect 70 - 90% of people at some point in the lives. Whilst most low back pain will recover on its own, if symptoms continue it can have a significant impact on everyday function. 

At The Physio Base treatment will be tailored to the individual depending on the cause of the symptoms. You can expect to have a thorough assessment looking at your whole body and how it moves and functions. 

At The Physio Base we use our wealth of experience and knowledge to determine the best management to help you recover. 

With our strong knowledge of how the body moves as a whole, you can expect us to be looking at all areas of your body and how they interact.

We aim to keep you moving, keep you doing the things you enjoy and have you moving better than ever before.

Common symptoms of lower back pain

  • Pain across lower back 

  • Ache, catch, tightness across low back. 

  • Discomfort into buttock and hamstring

  • Reduced range of movement. Reduced ability to bend, rotate or lean backwards. 

  • Pain with lifting, squatting or performing exercise. 

  • Difficulty taking weight on one leg.

Less common symptoms

  • Nerve pain into lower limb

  • Pins and needles, numbness or weakness into lower limb or buttock. 

  • Issues with toileting

Common diagnoses

  • Disc injury: bulge, herniation

  • Facet joint injury

  • Muscular injury

  • Nerve impingement

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Arthritis

  • Canal stenosis

  • Stress fracture

Common contributing factors

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Poor exercise technique

  • Stress

  • Overload - sudden increase in activity

  • Hypermobility

  • Reduced flexibility and mobility

  • Reduced strength - abdominals, lower body.

Physio Management may include

  • Education 

  • ConnectTherapy Approach - Assessing your whole body

  • Exercise prescription - strengthening, mobility, motor control

  • Postural retraining 

  • Manual therapy or hands on treatment

  • Self management strategies

  • Training optimal muscle activation

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