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Whether you're looking to maintain a strong back or recover from back pain, the key to good back health is to get active and stay active.

Most back pain is not serious or life threatening and will not need surgery to correct it. If your symptoms don’t improve within a few days it is important to have your back thoroughly assessed. If you don't address the cause the chances are that the problem will reoccur. Once any serious implications are ruled out we can settle the pain and work with you to stop it reoccurring.

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Types of Back Pain

As we age, the daily wear and tear on our bodies puts us at risk for back pain. Habitual activities like gardening, picking up a child, unloading the dishwasher or even coughing, can cause back pain.

Back pain is categorised by how long it lasts. Short-term back pain is called acute pain and long-term is referred to as chronic pain. Determining the type of pain you are experiencing will help you and your physio decide on the best way to treat it.
TYPES OF PAIN
Acute back pain is often described as a very sharp pain or a dull ache. Treatment is short-term, and you should improve or even completely recover from acute back pain within four to eight weeks. Common triggers include:
  • falling or slipping
  • stress
  • carrying a heavy handbag, briefcase, or backpack
  • unexpected, demanding physical effort
  • improper lifting technique
  • car accident
  • sports injury
  • cradling your phone with your shoulder
  • poor sitting or standing posture
Chronic back pain is commonly described as an aching deep pain in an area of your back or traveling down your legs, and usually lasts more than three to six months. Treatment usually involves therapy and, in some cases, surgery. The best pain management tool for chronic back pain is still activity. Recent research shows that whole-body resistance training can significantly reduce chronic lower back pain
Most cases of low back pain do not require urgent care, but anyone should seek medical advice immediately if low back pain is a result of trauma, or if pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
  • Sudden bowel and/or bladder incontinence—either difficulty passing urine or having a bowel movement, or loss of control of urination or bowel movement M • Fever and chills
  • Unexplained recent weight loss
  • Significant leg weakness
  • Sudden bowel and/or bladder incontinence—either difficulty passing urine or having a bowel movement, or loss of control of urination or bowel movement( caudal equina syndrome)
  • Severe, continuous abdominal pain
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Causes of Back Pain

The causes of back pain are numerous but roughly fall into either a sudden (traumatic) or sustained overstress injuries.

Most people can relate to traumatic injury such as bending awkwardly to lift a heavy load that tears or damages structures. However, sustained overstress injuries are probably more common but also easier to prevent. Most commonly, back injuries are caused by muscular strains, ligament sprains and joint dysfunction, particularly when pain arises suddenly during or following physical loading of the spine. 

Dependant on what is causing your discomfort It could be limited to the back itself, or it may spread to the groin,buttock, leg or foot and also cause pins and needles, numbness or burning sensations in one or both legs or feet.

COMMON BACK PROBLEMS
Back muscle injuries are the most common form of back injury. Muscle fatigue, excessive loads or poor lifting postures are the most common problems. Inefficient back muscles can lead to poor joint stabilisation and subsequent injury
A bulging disc injury is a common spine injury sustained to your spine's intervertebral disc. Spinal discs are the shock-absorbing rings of fibrocartilage and glycoprotein that separate your bony vertebral bodies, while allowing movement at each spinal level, and enough room for the major spinal nerves to exit from the spinal canal and travel to your limbs. 

A disc bulge (commonly referred to as slipped disc), can potentially press against or irritate the nerve where it exits from the spine. This nerve pinch can cause back pain, spasms, cramping, numbness, pins and needles, or pain into your legs.
Poor posture when sitting, standing and lifting at work can place unnecessary stress upon your spine. Muscles fatigue, ligaments overstretch, discs stretch and this places spinal joints and nerves under pain-causing pressure. To achieve good posture you must have good muscle flexibility, normal motion in the joints, strong postural muscles

With practise, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down can gradually replace your old posture.
Ligaments are the strong fibrous bands that limit the amount of movement at available at each spinal level. Stretching ligaments too far or too quickly will tear them with subsequent bleeding into the surrounding tissues, causing swelling and pain. Awkward lifting, sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents are very common causes. Just as in other regions of the body, physiotherapy hastens ligament healing and relieves pain so that you can enjoy life again as soon as possible.
You can also fracture your spine if the force involved is highly traumatic or you have low bone density e.g. osteoporosis. A condition where your bones become thin, fragile and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures (breaks or cracks) than in normal bone.
Although degenerative disc disease can pass by unnoticed, an ageing disc can sometimes be very painful. It is thought that this pain originates from the inflammation surrounding the affected discs, as well as the muscle spasm that occurs in the area as a natural response to the altered biomechanics of the spine. 

The close relationship between your intervertebral discs and the spinal nerves also means that as the disc degenerates and the space between the vertebrae decreases, there is greater risk of irritation of nerves entering and leaving the spinal canal.

What you can expect from Anatomie

We regularly treat people with various types of back and neck pain and the vast majority of our patients respond well to an appropriate regime of manual therapy followed by an exercise programme to actively build a fitter, stronger, more flexible and balanced body. Acupuncture can also be very effective.

We can help to alleviate pain enabling the individual to participate in normal activities with a decrease amount or no lower back pain. Self management strategies are also taught if appropriate so you can manage your own symptoms. Our waiting time for appointments is typically short; in most cases, you can be seen with 24 hours or even sooner.

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