Back Pain

Back pain can create problems on things that you would normally like to do. Fortunately there are many things you can do to reduce the chances of developing incapacitating back pain and reduce the effect back pain may have on your day to day life.

Therapy-First Physiotherapy is aware that back pain can be very distressing. It does not always represent a serious medical condition, knowing what is generating your back pain, and the best way of acting, may take away some of the concerns you have when suffering from back pain.

Back pain can originate from various points in the back. Every so often the precise location of where the pain comes from can be found, while in other cases it is less clear where the pain stems from.

Despite of where in your back the pain is coming from, look at your lifestyle, regime and ask yourself what has really caused this pain and what you can do to stop the pain from becoming severe or re-appearing.

The reasons below may contribute to your back pain; the list is fairly long but not all these factors are physical factors. We now recognise that psychological or social factors also play an important role. Some of these likely causes may be surprising, but are nevertheless important if we want to be aware of, control and deal with any back pain.

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  • Disc protrusion: sometimes the discs between the vertebrae may become weaker and bulge out. In an extreme case this may lead to a prolapsed disc.
  • Muscle sprain: sometimes you can ‘pull a muscle’ in your back, resulting in a small tear or sprain in your muscle.
  • Spinal stenosis: the spinal column runs through a narrow opening in your vertebrae. If this opening becomes too narrow the nerves may become trapped, which causes pain.
  • Prolapsed disc (‘slipped disc’ or ‘herniated disc): Sometimes a disc bulges so far out that it puts pressure on the spinal nerves running in your back. You may feel this as pain in your legs (sciatica) since these nerves in your lower back run down in to your legs.
  • Collapsed vertebra: the vertebrae give much of the structural support to the spine but these may become damaged as a result of disease or injury. Severe osteoporosis may result in a vertebra collapsing and by doing so disturb the surrounding structures.

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