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Managing Your Back Pain

Posted May 02, 2021 by Brunswick Chiropractic / Category: General

If you have ever suffered from lower back pain, you are not alone, and you know how debilitating it can be. Back pain affects almost 1 in 5 of the Australian population, with lower back pain being the most common musculoskeletal condition which patients consult GPs (1). As primary health care providers, our chiropractors, osteopaths and myotherapists see many patients suffering with lower back pain. No referral is required to see any of our therapists.

The lower back area is defined as anatomical structures from the level of the lowest rib down to the bottom of your buttocks (2).

Lower back pain can involve a range of conditions in relation to the bones, joints, connective tissue, muscles and nerves in the back. There are many causes of back pain which can be related to posture and injuries, such as osteoarthritis and disc disease (slipped / herniated / bulging / prolapse).

At Brunswick Chiropractic we see a range of lower back injuries, either acute (short-term back pain lasts a few days to a few weeks) or chronic (pain that continues for 12 weeks or longer) in nature. 20% of acute back pain develops into chronic back pain (3), so it makes sense to sort out these problems sooner rather than later.

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Research has shown that manual therapy, similar to what we provide at Brunswick Chiropractic is effective in different stages of lower back pain, acute or chronic (4). Other guidelines recommend that patients seek advice, reassurance and non-pharmacological treatments such as physical therapies before pharmacological therapies are recommended (5).

Our team of experienced chiropractors, osteopaths and myotherapists, who are trained in assessing, treating and prescribing exercises, may be able to help with your low back pain. Everyone’s lower back pain is unique and requires time and one on one attention to help you understand and better manage your condition.

If you want to take some steps towards helping your back pain today, BOOK NOW to see one of our therapists. 

 

 

References
1. Bardin LD, King P, Maher CG. Diagnostic triage for low back pain: A practical approach for primary care. Med J Aust 2017;206(6):268–73
2. Casser HR, Seddigh S, Rauschmann M. Acute Lumbar Back Pain. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2016;113(13):223–234. doi:10.3238/arztebl.2016.0223
3. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet
4. Benjamin Hidalgo, Christine Detrembleur, Toby Hall, Philippe Mahaudens, Henri Nielens. The efficacy of manual therapy and exercise for different stages of non-specific low back pain: an update of systematic reviews. J Man Manip Ther. 2014 May; 22(2): 59–74
5. Matheus Almeida, Bruno Saragiotto, Bethan Richards, Chris G Maher. Primary care management of non-specific low back pain: key messages from recent clinical guidelines. Med J Aust 2018; 208 (6)

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