The St Kilda physiotherapist at Physical Healthcare provides expert treatment for lower back pain. More than 80 percent of individuals experience pain in their lower back and if left untreated, what patients may view as a minor problem can become debilitating and a cause of disability.
The spine is a complicated structure responsible for supporting the weight of the body and allowing it to perform a variety of motions and activities, from walking and running to bending and twisting. Lower back pain can result from overuse injuries, improper lifting techniques, being overweight and a sedentary lifestyle.
A St Kilda physiotherapist can treat back injuries resulting from vehicle and workplace accidents, failure to warm-up before physical activities, spinal deformities and degenerative diseases, along with dysfunction stemming from neurological conditions and osteoarthritis.
Those with back pain often develop awkward movement patterns in an effort to ease pain and physiotherapists can retrain the body to perform properly and prevent injuries before they occur. Therapies aid in obtaining a greater range of motion, treating current and prior injuries and maintaining spinal health.
Depending upon the cause of lower back pain, a St Kilda physiotherapist may employ therapeutic massage, lumbar traction or manual manipulation to loosen muscles, manage pain and improve overall flexibility. Heat and cold therapies can be used, along with electrical stimulation and ultrasound therapy to relieve inflammation and improve flexibility.
Hydrotherapy may be utilized, along with therapeutic massage that’s particularly effective for those with neurological conditions and diseases in which arthritis is a factor. The practice’s physiotherapists can provide advice on mattresses, pillows, sleep positions and sleep aids that maintain the spine in the proper alignment during slumber.
Physiotherapists provide advice on warm-up techniques to reduce the risk of injury and prescribe specialized exercises that strengthen the back that includes clinical Pilates. A gait assessment provides valuable information about body movements and habits that contribute to back pain Orthotic devices can be prescribed when appropriate.
A myriad of treatment options are available for lower back pain and a myriad of preventative techniques help reduce the risk of an injury. A St Kilda physiotherapist provides treatment for lower back pain stemming from multiple sources to ease pain and increase mobility.
For more information, call 1300 581 625.