Back pain strikes up to 80 percent of the world’s population at some point during their lifetime. It’s one of the most common conditions for which patients seek the assistance of a physiotherapist. From back pain due to a vehicle accident and poor posture to overuse injuries, a Fairfield physiotherapist can alleviate the pain and restore functionality.
Patients experience back pain for a wide variety of reasons, including chronic disease and neurological conditions. Back pain may actually originate in another part of the body entirely. The professionals at Fairfield Physiotherapy will perform a comprehensive assessment and examination to ascertain the exact cause of the pain, and design a customized treatment and management plan.
A physiotherapist may utilize multiple therapeutic techniques to restore range of motion, functionality and ease pain. Treatment will include therapy to relieve inflammation and decrease nerve irritation. Physiotherapists have an extensive array of treatments available to meet the needs and requirements of patients.
Depending upon the exact cause of a patient’s back pain, therapists may employ manual manipulation and mobilisation of the spine. Both are effective therapies when pain is severe, motion is limited or the patient isn’t able to fully participate in therapeutic movements.
Exercise programs and clinical Pilates provide patients with the tools to build strength and stabilize their core. Prescription exercises may also be indicated and performed at home between office visits to maintain progress. Spinal decompression therapy, a form of traction, is also an option.
Therapeutic massage addresses multiple issues. It helps ease pain and alleviate inflammation that accompanies back pain. Dry needling, acupuncture and trigger point therapy are effective means of releasing tension in soft tissues and neuro-pathways that occurs as one of the body’s responses to pain.
A physiotherapist may choose to employ electrical nerve stimulation to assist in maintaining motion and flexibility or bioelectric therapy to block pain responses transmitted to the brain. Both methods work with the body’s own healing mechanisms. Real-time ultrasound utilizes specific sound waves to address inflammation, relieve pain and accelerate healing.
Hot and cold therapy provides substantial pain relief and relaxes soft tissues. Hydrotherapy may also be employed and is especially effective for those with significant movement difficulties. Water buoys the body, enabling patients to perform therapeutic movements that might not be possible on dry land due to the pull of gravity.
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