If you’re suffering from lower back pain that won’t go away, you’re one of approximately 4 million Australians who suffer from the condition at any one time. Having spent my career as a sports physio on the Northern Beaches, I’ve seen my fair share of sport related back injuries along with back pain that seems to be related to nothing at all. For most of us who suffer a bout of back pain, it doesn’t usually last longer than 6 weeks, but for an unlucky group it becomes chronic, lasting 12 weeks or longer. I’ve been there myself and it’s absolutely the pits.
What causes lower back pain?
Back pain can be caused by sitting too much, standing too much, bending over too much, reaching out too much, running too much, lifting weights incorrectly and any other movement that puts pressure on the body. Basically, lots and lots of things can cause lower back pain.
The majority of lower back pain is caused by the degeneration of the spine due to normal wear and tear as we get older. Lower back pain can also easily be caused by injury, obesity, pregnancy, poor posture and awkward sleeping positions.
What is different about chronic back pain?
Chronic pain is complex and can be difficult to pinpoint straight away. Associate Professor Daniel Belavy of Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition understands just how difficult non-specific chronic lower back pain can be to treat; “it means there is no specific anatomical cause – a bone defect or compression” with patients typically hurting their back in a random way and it doesn’t resolve itself as it normally would.
Belavy added that “when the pain has been there for more than 12 weeks … there are changes that happen in the brain and central nervous system that can cause the pain to stay there,” which adds to the difficulty in treating chronic lower back pain.
When do I see the physio?
The sooner the better. If you have suffered an acute injury playing sports or on the weekend mowing the lawn, FIXIO is your Dee Why physio chronic pain specialist. The longer an acute injury of the back is left to fester, the more chance of the body over compensating in other areas and causing further imbalances and referred pain.
People with lower back pain need to get to their doctor if they have any of the following symptoms:
- difficulty walking or moving the legs
- loss of bowel or bladder function
- loss of sensation in the legs
- very severe pain
How do physiotherapists treat back pain?
Physiotherapists can draw on years of study, observation and curing back pain of all varieties and use literally dozens of different techniques for treating back problems. First, your physio will take you through an in-depth physical examination in order to determine the exact cause of your back pain – back pain can have a variety of root causes.
Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are uniquely qualified to understand the complexity of lower back pain and use an evidence based approach to injury management in order to get results. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is the most common form of intervention for chronic back pain and your back pain physio on the Northern Beaches will create and prescribe a bespoke program to not just combat the pain, but to protect and strengthen your back against future problems.
If you are suffering from back pain on the Northern Beaches and avoid seeing a physio you are increasing your chances of your back pain persisting longer and a recurrence of the injury in the future. Don’t wait until the pain becomes severe or chronic, give FIXIO a call on (02) 8964 4086 or email us to book at info@ﬁxio.com.au.
 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2004). Eighth biennial health report of the Australian institute of health and welfare. Canberra, Australia: Author
When a professional athlete suffers an injury, whether it’s a sore toe or a torn ACL, they don’t even have to press a button and a team of physiotherapists are on hand straight away to work on recovery. This rapid treatment of musculoskeletal problems as they arise and being able to have a musculoskeletal physiotherapist at hand basically 24/7 helps athletes to recover from injuries faster and more effectively. Whether or not you’re a pro tennis player, having unlimited access to a musculoskeletal physio is going to reduce your length of rehab and aid in ensuring you don’t end up back at square one in a few months time.
You don’t need to be a professional athlete to rehab like one.
What are the goals of unlimited physiotherapy rehab?
Physiotherapists strive to treat and completely rehabilitate any injury, weakness, post-surgery or to prevent further injury by maintaining or improving the strength, flexibility and endurance of musculoskeletal system. Unlimited rehab utilises a consistent, multi-disciplinary approach to the management of injuries. Treatment may involve movements, exercises and manual therapies designed to protect the injured tissues, heal and control early inflammation and pain and to improve flexibility, strength, and proprioception. In short, Unlimited Rehab aims to:
- Optimise your return to daily activities and sport after suffering an injury
- Eliminate pain fast and address the underlying mechanics of what has happened
- Improve your sporting/working technique, musculoskeletal strength and sporting performance
- Increase your muscular control, flexibility and strength
Following your initial consultation with a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, you will be helped to understand the nature of your injury and the steps required to treat it and keep it away. A comprehensive and personalised management plan will be developed with you to help achieve an optimal recovery. Throughout your treatment your physio will communicate with you and any coaches, physiotherapists, medical practitioners or other people involved in your recovery in order to get a the most holistic treatment possible.
What’s included in Unlimited Rehab?
Your Unlimited Rehab pass includes 1-on-1 physiotherapy up to 6 days per week. Obviously not everybody has the same requirements though and there are no cookie cutter programs at Fixio! Depending on what your physio deems is necessary you will receive any combination of the following during your sessions:
- Hands on treatment
- Dry needling / acupuncture
- Joint mobilisations
- Trigger point release
- Myofascial release
- Scar tissue management
- Active rehabilitation
- Strength training
- Posture retraining
- Muscle re-education
- Goal setting sessions
1x Functional Strength Class per week
BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE
UNLIMITED access to our rehabilitation gym for you to complete additional rehab as needed.
Is Unlimited Rehab right for me?
Good question. Because it can be hard to know your individual circumstances and how your condition is best treated without a thorough review, we recommend contacting one of our friendly reception staff members and filling them in on your condition. When available, one of our physiotherapists will call you to discuss your best options moving forward. Or we have a form available up the top under the “Availability and Prices” button that takes 5 minutes to complete so we can learn a little more about you.
The last thing any physio wants to do is be the cause of any flare-ups and we take great care in selecting the right clients for our Unlimited Rehab program.
By applying the principles of advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy and knowledge to our bespoke rehabilitation management plans we get faster positive results for our patients. Our S.M.A.R.T (stands for Structure, Mobility, Attitude, Reliability and Tolerance) system is designed to improve those 5 foundations of physical health, whereas most treatments only focus on 2 or 3 at a time. Whether you are an elite athlete or just trying to be pain free in everyday life we help our patients to become active and pain free again by ensuring Holistic care is at the centre of our treatment paradigm. So, if you are looking for the best physiotherapist for your pain or injury, look no further than Fixio and our Unlimited Rehab program; you may not be an elite athlete but you certainly rehabilitate like one.