Sacro-illiac dysfunction and generalised Lower Back Pain are some of the most common types of pain experienced. Over 80% of adults suffer from lower back pain at some point.
Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly as a result of an accident or by lifting something heavy, or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine. Sedentary lifestyles also can set the stage for low back pain.
Most low back pain is acute, or short term, and lasts a few days to a few weeks.
Chronic back pain is defined as pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer, even after an initial injury or underlying cause of acute low back pain has been treated. About 20 percent of people affected by acute low back pain develop chronic low back pain with persistent symptoms.
In many cases no cause for the pain can be confirmed which can be distressing and frustrating for the sufferer. In addition much of the recent research shows little correlation between pain levels experienced and tissue damage. However there are many ways to manage the pain, exercise is one of the most effective especially those that promote stabilisation and strengthening along with mobility and flexibility.
If you have experienced back pain in the past or continue to be affected by it, you may find our upcoming presentation helpful. Hear from local Physiotherapist, Alan Mugglestone, discuss the anatomy of the sacro-illiac joint and spine, common causes of lower back pain and ways to best manage it. He will discuss the reliability of testing and an opportunity to share your experiences.