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Back pain is something that 80% of us will experience at any given stage of our life.

It accounts for billions of dollars of spending, and only comes second to the common cold. Physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat lower back pain with a scientifically proven formula. This primarily involves taking the time to understand each person as an individual and apply the most appropriate course of treatment.

Early Stages of Rehab May Include:

 Joint mobilization
 Soft tissue release
 Dry Needling
 Electrotherapy
 Setting up a personalized rehabilitation exercise program

CLASSIFICATION OF INJURIES WE TREAT

Acute Back Strain/Sprain

Lifting or twisting the wrong way can result in injuries to the muscles, ligaments and joints in the spine, leading to pain and reduced range of movement. The pain can be severe for a few days, but improves as you get moving again.

Disc Injury

This type of injury can be extremely painful and cause severe restriction in range of movement, especially in flexion (bending forwards) and sitting. Discs can be compressed due to excessive pressure from lifting and moving poorly. Often compression can occur over many years and one small movement is enough to “break the camels back”. Treatment involves McKenzie exercises to decompress the spine as well as massage, dry needling, spinal decompression and joint mobilization to get you back on track. Kinesio tape can often be used in the short-term to stabilize the spine.

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the biggest nerve in the body and when the lumbar disc becomes inflamed, it can extend into the nerve. Pain, pins and needles, and numbness may be felt right through the leg and into the foot and toes. Treatment can involve tissue release, trigger point dry needling, stretching joint mobilization, spinal decompression and a structured home exercise program.

Piriformis Syndrome

The piriformis muscle runs from the pelvis to the back of the hip and stabilizes and turns the leg outwards. Often due to weakness in the gluteal and/or core muscles, the piriformis over-compensates leading to excess tightness. The sciatic nerve which runs very close to this muscle also commonly becomes compressed when the piriformis becomes overly tight.

Chronic Back Pain

When pain has been present for more than 3 months, it is termed “chronic” and a more holistic approach must be taken. 3 months is generally the amount of time needed for healing of the tissues to take place. After this time, the nervous system becomes sensitized and there is ongoing perceived threat in the body/mind. This leads to a sympathetic dominant state, characterized by pain, increase muscle tension, increased heart rate and blood pressure. Research shows a combination of education, manual therapy and a graded exercise program is the gold standard for treatment.

DIAGNOSES WE TREAT

Lumbar Radiculopathy
Sciatic
Herniated Disc
Facet Dysfunction
Muscle Spasm/ Tension
Sprain/ Strain
Instability/ Spondylolisthesis

Arthritis
Degenerative Disc/ Joint Disease
Sacroiliac Dysfunction
Pregnancy Related Back Pain
Thoracic Spain pain
Rib Dysfunction
Post Surgical Rehab

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