Back pain, specifically lower back pain, is one of the most common musculoskeletal issues we see on a day to day basis in our profession. It is estimated that 80% of all Australians will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime and it affects both men and women equally. This pain can be the result of a wide array of pathologies and lifestyle factors. Determining the causes of your pain is the first step towards treatment.
Our spine is an armoured highway for the nerves that control all of our bodily movements and functions. Understanding the complexity of the spine is what allows us to fully acknowledge the importance of having a strong, mobile and stable spine. These three fundamental components are the key behind reducing any current back pain and safeguarding your spine for the future.
Your spine is made up primarily of bony discs, called vertebrae, that are separated by cartilaginous discs, called intervertebral discs. These intervertebral discs are what allow us to bend, rotate and move around. The vertebrae are the hard-bony part of the spine which protect and house our nerves.
One of the most important factors in addressing back pain is addressing these poor movements and loading patterns. We have a multitude of muscles that surround our spines that help us safely lift, rotate, jump and move every day. These muscles not only act to help us move, they also help to ensure our spine is well aligned when performing heavy or awkward tasks. They act as a type of scaffolding to support our spine. If these muscles are weak, we inherently put ourselves at risk of having a poorly supported spine and at risk of further injury.
A painful back can be a debilitating condition and can impact on all aspects of life. Back pain if often underestimated in terms of its complexity and range of factors affecting it.
If you or anyone you know experiences ongoing back pain and needs help addressing it, call and book an appointment with one of our Exercise Physiologists today.
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