Back pain is estimated to affect between 60%-80% of the population at some point of their lives (Macfarlane et al 1999). A good starting point in improving back pain is to know what the problem is and what triggers it. Here, at Lightwater Health & Chiropractic, we specialise in treating back pain, trapped nerves, muscle spasms and back stiffness. The majority of our patients are treated for back pain and by using conservative therapies we can help give relief to these patients.
Below are some of the most common causes for back pain.
This is the most common type of back pain. It normally presents as a sudden onset and patients will often describe a sudden sharp pain in their back when they were lifting or bending incorrectly, trauma or a fall. Nevertheless the symptoms can present gradually overtime usually from repetitive movements. The pain usually comes from injury to the ligaments, joints and muscles in the back. This can happen anywhere along the spine but is most common on the base of the spine, resulting in lower back pain, stiffness and discomfort radiating into the buttocks or legs. Correct treatment involving manipulation, mobilisation and massage can improve symptoms with the majority of patients making a full recovery between 1-5 weeks, depending on each individual case.