Did you know?

  • According to the Global Burden of Disease Study in 2010 lower back pain is the leading cause of disability world wide1.
  • Over 80% of the population will experience back pain at some stage in their lives.

But it’s not all bad news! Thankfully 90% of acute lower back pain without pain in the legs will resolve within 6 weeks.

So what is lower back pain? And what can be done to prevent it?

Generally the breakdown of what is the major pain generator in the lower back is broken down as the following4:

  • Disc Injury (Annulus): 40%
  • Facet Joint: 31%
  • SacroIlliac Joint: 22.5%
  • Other: 6.5%

To prevent back pain generally our recommendations are to:

  1. Stay active! The body wasn’t made to sit in a chair all day, so get out there and get moving!
  2. Have an active core, glutes and thighs! Keeping these 3 muscle groups strong and steady it’s a great way to take that pressure off the back so to speak.
  3. Maintain good lifting practices.
  4. Don’t smoke! We all know it’s bad for us but it has also been shown to weaken the discs that hold your spine together and slow down healing.

How does Your Health Sport & Spine approach low back pain?

We see lower back pain as a complex problem which quite frankly is a very tough puzzle to crack. We approach this tricky issue by first finding out about you. We want to know what makes you tick and what your goals are. Once we know this, through a myriad of different and thorough tests we figure out what is the major pain generator.

Combining this, with the best evidence available as well as your goals we individualise your rehab to give you the best opportunity to get back into life. Call us today on 02 9651 1395 or email alex@yourhealthsportandspine.com.au

  1. http://www.thelancet.com/themed/global-burden-of-disease
  2. Vallfors B. Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98.
  3. University of Michigan Health System. Acute low back pain. Ann Arbor (MI): University of Michigan Health System; 2003 Apr [rev. Oct 2004].
  4. Manchikanti L et al, Prevalence of facet joint pain in chronic spinal pain of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2004; 5: 15.