Back Pain – Mt Eliza, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Somerville, Baxter
Lower back pain is an extremely common condition with up to 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some time during the lives. Although the underlying pathology of low back pain is usually not serious, it is an important cause of pain in the community and has considerable impact on the economy due to time taken off work.
Causes of Back Pain
Most causes of back pain are the result of irritation or poor function of the bones, joints, ligaments or muscles in your back. Such irritation can be the result of Vertebral dysfunction, a common condition that occurs when the spinal vertebrae compress or irritate the delicate nerve structures of your lower back.
Other causes of lower back pain include inflammatory arthritis (e.g. ankylosis spondylitis, Rheumatoid arthritis), and fractures due to osteoporosis. Back pain may also be ‘referred’ from another location.
Treatment for Back Pain
Your Chiropractor will perform a detailed history, orthopaedic, neurological and spinal examination to determine the exact cause of your lower back pain. Other tests including x-rays and digital scanning may also be recommended.
Chiropractic treatment of low back pain focuses on restoring function to poorly moving spinal joints, as well as reducing muscle tension and increasing core muscle strength. This may result in improved movement, reduced pain and decreased nerve irritation.
Treatments are tailored to the individual case usually consisting of spinal adjustments and soft tissue therapy (massage and myotherapy), core stabilisation and strengthening exercises, stretching, as well as heat/cold therapy. Please contact us to arrange your comprehensive lower back consultation to help identify the exact cause of your back pain and begin a course of corrective care today!