Written by Tom Pinder MSST/BSc Sports Rehab Therapist
It is estimated that four in five people will suffer with lower back pain at some point in their lives. Some people are more likely to have lower back pain than others, and this can depend on a number of different factors. Age, gender and occupation are often key risk factors to be considered when somebody is suffering with lower back pain.
Lower back pain can be acute (short-term) or for some it can become chronic (long-term). Often, both types of lower back pain walk into our clinic, with it being the most common site of pain and injury we treat. Individuals suffering with an acute bout of lower back pain need look no further than soft tissue treatment and pain management exercises.
Those with chronic issues are often heavily linked with their mood, mental health and stress levels, and so this is often included in our approach to dealing with chronic lower back pain. Chronic pain has been shown in studies to be linked to an individual’s mental health, and often if one goes down the drain, so does the other.
Both acute and chronic back pain can be associated with an increase in anxiety or depression and so often they behave as a mutual pair. Without one improving, the other usually cannot either. Prolonged work/life stresses have also been linked to neck and back pain and can cause back pain just as much as overactivity or overexertion can. A mixture of stress management, soft tissue work, muscle activation and exercise prescription and most of our patients will be on the mend in no time.
Rest assured, at Kinetic, a thorough assessment with diagnosis followed by an effective treatment plan will be put in place to help you get back to your best. Our sports and exercise therapists are equipped to treat your physical ailments, as well as discuss the impacts your lifestyle could be having on your pain, implement an efficient stress management plan and, if necessary, find you further help should you need it.