Low Back Pain

What is Low Back Pain?

Low back pain (LBP) is any type of pain that is experienced in the lower part of your back. LBP is extremely common, in fact, it’s reported to be the most common cause of musculoskeletal complaints in Australia, affecting around 70-90% of all Aussies’ (Bardin et al 2017). LBP is also more likely to occur in individuals between ages of 30-50, however can affect all ages. 

Cause and Symptoms

LBP can arise from a whole range of causes, often involving much more than physical age-related changes with psycho-social influences playing a big role in low back pain. Our physiotherapists will look at the ‘bigger picture’ and treat you individually! 


A few common signs and symptoms are:

  • Dull, aching pain in the lower back
  • Limited mobility
  • Pain or tingling that travels to the buttocks, legs, or feet
  • Pain getting worse after prolonged sitting
  • Pain that’s worse after waking up/sitting for long periods of time and better after moving around

Treatment

Physiotherapy is regarded as the top line treatment for low back pain – so you have come to the right place! 

LBP affects everyone differently, no one presentation or situation is the same. This means that treatment will be individually designed to suit your wants and needs. A combination of hands on therapy and movement can be effective in reducing your pain and improving your function. From there, your physiotherapist will be able to work with you to create self management strategies so that you have the tools to empower yourself at home! 

Some general tips for treating LBP at home are: 

  • Reduce the amount of time sitting or lying in one position – the body loves to move! 
  • Try to move often throughout the day – walking and stretching as much as you can tolerate!
  • Heat or ice can be great short term pain relief strategy