Lower back pain (LBP) is easily the most common ailment we see in the clinic, and is prevalent throughout the world. It is estimated that it accounts for 11% of the total disability of the UK population, with 1 in 15 people per year seeking help from their GP for LBP
The vast majority of these patients will be diagnosed with 'non-specific lower back pain' or NSLBP for short. All this means is that we can't be sure of the exact cause of the patient's pain. This is because there are a number of structures in the region that can pain, such as spinal discs, joints, nerves, muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments.
NSLBP tends to be divided into 3 groups:
Acute - symptoms last from a few days to a few weeks, and often resolve with self management and physiotherapy
Subacute - symptoms last roughly from 4-12 weeks, and again often resolve with self management and physiotherapy
Chronic (persistent) - symptoms last more than 12 weeks, and can persist despite medical intervention.
The main thing to remember is that in the vast majority of cases, there is no cause for concern and with good self management and regular physiotherapy, you can take control of your symptoms and prevent the pain reoccurring.
At Delta, we use a number of treatments to alleviate your lower back symptoms including manual therapy (manipulation & mobilisation), massage, Pilates, exercise rehabilitation, heat, and in some cases acupuncture.
In some instances treatment may not be appropriate; if this is the case we will liaise with your GP or refer you to a more suitable medical practitioner.
Contact Us for further information on how we can help with back pain.
*The information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice and we advise people to seek help for any complaint from one of our physiotherapists or other suitably qualified clinician.