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Living with chronic lower back pain is never easy and can have huge effects on how chronic pain sufferers carry out their day to day lives. However, identifying the factors and warning signs that can lead to chronic pain can help you take the precautionary measures to prevent and manage back pain in the long term.
Chronic lower back pain is categorised as pain that has been persistent for longer than three months. The type of lower back pain that may be experienced is extremely varied. It may be neural, joint, or muscular in origin. Often the pain is due to the individual developing a movement dysfunction. This is secondary to their pain, causing repetitive overload of certain structures. There are many causes of lower back pain and in most cases, a physiotherapist can help in identifying these altered movement patterns. Physiotherapist can develop a treatment program based the altered movement patterns.
There are many precautions an individual can take to ensure that their back is in optimal health. It is advised that you: always stretch after exercising. You should ensure that you are keeping good posture while sitting and standing. Also, keep your weight balanced on your feet, keep active, maintain your BMI at a normal range, and get adequate sleep each night.
Treatment for chronic lower back pain may include education and advice. Your physiotherapy management can retrain correct movement patterns and general exercise. It is important to support from a pain management team as recommended.
If you are suffering from chronic back pain or think you may be at risk of developing chronic lower back pain, contact us here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic. Our physiotherapists can assess your movement, posture and strength and develop a treatment plan from there.