Updated: Mar 1
Is it unusual to have low back pain?
In a word, no. In fact, most of you will experience spinal pain at some point during your life time. Research estimates that up to 90% of you will get low back pain (LBP), and 70% will get neck pain. To put that into context, the last census recorded in 2011 showed a UK population of just under 63 million. This means that around 56 million of you will get back pain and around 44 million will get neck pain. That’s a lot of people!
In fact low back is the most common reason that you will visit your GP if we remove both headaches and tiredness from the equation. When we put it like that, you may look at the problem of spinal pain and its burden on you and the economy (£10,668 million per year) in a new light.
Where would I feel lower back pain?
The lower back is commonly defined as the area between the bottom of the rib cage and the buttock creases.
Will it get better?
For a vast majority of you, yes, in fact most ‘simple’ LBP and neck pain (not related to a whiplash injury) is thought to be self-limiting, settling within 4-12 weeks under its own steam. Unfortunately, this does leave somewhere between 3-10% of you, or up to 6.3 million who will go on to develop chronic low back pain, (same pain lasting for more than 3 months consecutively). Although this group is proportionally small, it accounts for nearly 50% of all resources allocated to the treatment of LBP. The bottom line is, it is impossible to stop everyone from developing chronic LBP even in today’s age of medicine, and we need to accept this fact. What we can do however is strive to limit this occurrence where possible, and help those of you where it is not preventable.
An important part of this approach is the adoption of the ‘bio psychosocial‘ model. This is supported and encouraged by most of the health organisations in the developed world and recognises the importance of addressing any psychological and environmental aspects of your presentation as well as the physical. This DOES NOT mean that we think it is in your head, but simply that most of us will adapt behaviours and thoughts towards everyday practices in response to our pain.
This may range from something as simple as not sitting for too long in the evening to making a lengthy plan on how you will be able to get dressed in the morning. In recognition of this, nearly all spinal pain should aim to be treated with a rounded approach and should involve you, the patient, in the leading role. Whether it is simple self management, professional rehabilitation or even surgery, you will need to be prepared to adopt a temporary or permanent change in your lifestyle to reach your full potential.
Treating Back Pain at Team Physio
Assessing and treating low back pain in across Northamptonshire and South Leicestershire is a challenge that we have significant experience in at Team Physio. There are very few clinics in either area that have had the same exposure to spinal research, surgical rehabilitation and preventive care, as our own, so if you need some first time help or advice, or a second opinion, be confident that we can provide both the expertise and honesty that you deserve.
If you would like to book an appointment or request further information, please contact your nearest clinic or click here.
Mawsley clinic: 01536697989
Corby clinic: 01604217821
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