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Elevate Physiotherapy

Low Back Pain

What is the condition?

Low back pain is a common condition that is suffered by most people at least once throughout their lives. It is not actually 1 single condition. Low back pain is just a symptom that is manifested from many conditions such as slipped disc, hyperkyphosis, pulled muscle, and many others. As such, the treatment for low back pain can differ greatly from person to person depending on what caused the back pain.

How do you get it?

The most common mechanism of injury for low back pain is bending forward and lifting heavy objects. There are several ways that this can cause you to have back pain. You may have pulled your back muscles resulting in back pain. You may also have injured your disc resulting in a slipped disc and back pain. Lastly, you may also have caused the joint to be inflamed due to the excess loading. In all these cases, proper lifting techniques and good core muscle strength can help prevent low back pain.

What problems does it cause?

Low back pain can be debilitating. Again, depending on the cause, the symptoms vary from person to person. But the most common symptoms that our patients face are:

  • Pain in the back
  • Radiating pain to the leg
  • Difficulty sitting or standing
  • Numbness down the leg
  • Weakness in the leg

What is this treatment?

Physiotherapy uses several treatment techniques to treat low back pain. They are:

How does it work?

We work by relieving your pain first and foremost. This is either done using manual therapy, electrotherapy, and/or radiofrequency therapy. Your therapist will decide what is the best treatment for you depending on what the cause of your back pain is.

How Elevate physiotherapy does this treatment (anything different from other physiotherapists?)

At Elevate Physiotherapy, we are committed to find the root cause of your problem and work with you in setting a treatment goal that is just for you. Whether it be to get back to competitive sport, or just to be pain free again, we will work with you to achieve it. We also use the latest modalities available in physiotherapy to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome.

What is the process of getting this treatment like? (preparation, duration, any pain during it, time taken, etc)

There is no preparation needed. All you need to do is call us up and get an appointment!

The treatment will last for about 45 minutes. Depending on your condition, some discomfort may be felt during manual therapy, but overall, it should be comfortable and pain free.

Any post-procedure pain or downtime? What is the aftercare like?

You should leave the clinic feeling less pain than when you came in. Your therapist will work with you to retrain your movement and give you some exercises to keep your pain down until the next visit.

What results to expect?

Again, this depends on the actual condition. However, our past experience shows good results within 4-6 weeks.