Spine and Back Pain

Back pain can affect everyone, regardless of age or career choice. The back is a complex structure, susceptible to a wide variety of issues.

In many cases spine and back pain are treatable. Hills Physiotherapy is committed to giving the very best care and attention to patients with spine and back pain. Why put up with it any longer?

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When Should I Visit My Physiotherapist?

If you have been experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, we highly recommend that you get in touch with us:

  • Localised pain, tenderness or stiffness in the neck or back.
  • Recurring pins and needles down the arms or legs.
  • Pain shooting down toward the groin or leg.
  • Chronic pain in the lower or middle back.
  • Sharp pain in the neck, upper or lower back when performing specific activities.
  • Increased back pain when bending or coughing.
  • Inability to stand straight without pain or spasms within the lower back.

Symptoms

There are many identifiable symptoms of spine and back pain including:

Pain: 

  • Chronic or ongoing – Frequent or constant pain when performing basic tasks or not moving at all.
  • Sharp/Shooting – Typically shorter duration but more intense pain, often related to movement. Location is usually consistent.

Sensations:

  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Spasms

Triggers:

  • Everyday activities – Performing the most mundane everyday tasks should not cause a pain experience, there will often be a treatable cause for this.
  • Coughing or bending – Simple movements or spasms can cause chronic pain. At this point, consultancy with your physiotherapist is a must.
  • Specific activities – Sports or lifting heavy objects are a very common trigger for spine and back pain.

Common Conditions Associated With Spine and Back Pain

The can be multiple reasons for spine and back pain. While the spine itself is strong and robust, the area is rich in nerves which can become sensitive for many reasons. Some of these include bad posture, disc derangement, nerve root pain or spondylolisthesis (when a vertebra has slipped out of place on the vertebra below). Your Physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment and help you move safely and without fear, and identify causes which you might avoid or mitigate in the future.

Here at Hills Physiotherapy we treat all of these conditions and help you to identify exactly what is contributing to your pain. If you have any questions please contact us for more information, or book an appointment to start your road to recovery.