Back pain is extremely common; around 80% of adults will have an episode at some point in their life. at Omnia we understand the serious impact this can have on your life.
What causes back back and pain radiating into the leg?
While it is rarely serious (just 2% of cases) and often settles quickly, many people come to us because it simply isn't getting better on it's own. They may have suffered from pain for many months, or years, without knowing what to do for the best. Often they have taken various painkillers, tried resting or stretching and strengthening with little improvement in their pain or quality of life. They may have been told they have arthritis and there is nothing that can be done.
Back pain may be caused by weak or stiff muscles or stiff joints so your back is being overloaded when you try to do your everyday activities. The pain itself may cause your back muscle spasm and this can add to the pain. Some back pain is as a result of a disc bulge and this in turn may put pressure on the sciatic nerve causing sciatica pain to radiate down your leg.
How can physiotherapy help my back and buttock/leg pain?
Whatever the cause of your back pain there are many things that can be done to help reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. Here at Omnia we recognise that everyone's pain is unique and what works well for one person may be less effective for another. Our experienced physiotherapists have a broad range of skills and can use a combination of manual therapy, soft tissue release and acupuncture along with a home exercise program so as to find the most successful approach for you. We are also highly experienced in the use of Pilates for back pain which has been shown to be an extremely effective way to manage back pain in the long term.
Did you know that research tells us that painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen are not effective in helping back pain in the long term? And that exercise and remaining active are extremely effective?
At Omnia we understand that you may have already tried exercises which have had little effect or even made your pain worse. This may have led you to believe that exercise is not right for your back. Often it is simply the case that you have tried too much too soon or performed exercises that are not getting to the root of the problem.
If this sounds familiar, why not make an appointment today? Our physiotherapists are very experienced in helping people whose pain has not gone away with simple measures and we love the challenge. We will make a thorough assessment of your back to find the root cause of the problem. We can then use the many tools in our box, including both 'hands on' techniques and exercises, to help address the problem and get you back to doing the things you love.
How can I treat my own back and sciatic pain?
Here are some tips to help you on the road to recovery
Do your exercises! You may have been given the right exercises by a health professional, but they're doomed to fail if you don't knuckle down and get on with them! Remember it may take more than 12 weeks to get a weak muscle stronger! If you're worried you're not doing the right exercises (or you're doing the right exercises wrong!), book in for a review with us.
Don't sit or sleep in awkward positions. If you regularly wake up with a sore back or you feel stiff and painful from sitting all day, these are the signs that you need to consider changing your habits. Spending too long in one position can overload joints and soft tissues causing pain; try to move about more regularly, as often as every half an hour, to give yourself a break. The right strengthening exercises to help you support yourself, combined with some hands on treatment will get you moving again.
Try to keep as active as possible. Often having back pain is a barrier to being as active as we could be due to the pain itself or to fear of moving, fatigue or feeling low in mood. Muscles and joints can stiffen up very quickly, which makes them more painful to move and can make the problem last longer. Being active can stop this from happening and releases endorphins, our 'happy hormones' which are our bodies natural painkillers. If the pain is getting in the way of you being active, make an appointment with us so that we can ways to reduce your pain and get you back to doing what you enjoy. Physiotherapy is recognised as an effective treatment for back pain and is recommended by the National Institute for Healthcare Excellence (NICE) in their guidelines for the treatment of low back pain and sciatica.
For more information, download our free guide: How to get control of your back pain, regain restful sleep and improve your function.
If you want to take control of your back pain, and reduce your reliance on pain killers, injections or surgery, book an appointment with one of our expert physiotherapists now! Click here to see instantly what appointments are available to book, and get your recovery started!