Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain

Lower back pain or pain in the lumbar spine, can stop us in our tracks but with the right treatment it is possible to address this effectively. There are a number of reasons why you may have a sore back.
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These are the little joints between each one of the vertebra (bones in your spine), which can cause pain if they are stiff or the muscles around them are in spasm. There are nerves that come out from the spinal cord at each facet joint, and these can get irritated.
Irritation of the discs between each vertebra can also cause pain and may be irritated due to alignment of the spine, or standing and sitting positions. A disc protrusion, where the disc can press on the spinal cord or nerve root, can usually be managed with physiotherapy, although onward referral may be needed.
The sacro-iliac joints (SIJs) are the joints at the back of the pelvis. These can be sore if the pelvis is out of alignment, or if the SIJs are too stiff or too loose. You can also get pain in the SIJs due to a leg length difference, which can give pain all through the lower back.

After working out why you may have tight and sore muscles in the back, these can respond really well to manual therapy, stretches and strengthening exercises.

Sciatica or sciatic nerve pain can give you pain in the buttock and all the way down the leg. There are a number of causes for this- disc irritation, reduced mobility of the nerve as it passes through the buttock and the leg, tight buttock muscles, over stretching the nerve and poor lumbar and pelvis alignment.
This may be related to your back and be due to irritation of the nerve root (where the nerve leaves your spine). This can often be released with mobilisation of the joints and nerve roots, and advising on how to improve your posture if necessary.
This is a serious condition that occurs when the group of nerves right at the end of the spinal cord are damaged. Symptoms can include pain in one or both legs, low back pain, lower limb weakness, numbness between the legs and the saddle area, and loss of sexual function or bladder and bowel control. This requires urgent medical attention and investigation and you should go to Accident and Emergency.

How do we help you get back on the road to recovery?

Here at CSPC we treat your back pain by assessing the way you move and the alignment of your back and pelvis. Your physiotherapist will assess your nerve and joint mobility and flexibility of the muscles attaching onto the pelvis, along with your muscle strength. If they feel there is something that needs medical attention, they will advise you on this.

The physiotherapist will take a thorough case history and work out the best plan for you. Treatment can include 

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