What is back pain?
Unfortunately back pain is very common; 4 out of every 5 adults experience back pain at some stage during their lives (1). Back pain can be debilitating and is the leading cause of work absenteeism and long-term disability worldwide (2). Despite these worrying statistics the majority of cases of back pain can improve with physiotherapy and resolve between one and three months (3).
Many factors such as posture, over-use, excessive sitting and bending awkwardly can cause back pain, however due to the anatomy of the spine it is often difficult to pin-point the exact structure at fault. Very rarely back pain can be an indicator of serious disease, for this reason an assessment by a health professional should be a priority (4). The majority of cases however are not caused by serious disease or damage, and can benefit from physiotherapy treatment.
What will my physiotherapist do?
At Health in Motion Physiotherapy Sheffield you will be assessed by a HCPC registered, chartered physiotherapist. You will be asked several questions to determine the nature and possible cause of your back pain, during this time you will have the chance to ask questions and have any concerns put at ease. Your physiotherapist will then physically assess your back, deciding on the cause of pain and the best course of treatment.
Treatment for back pain is very individualised, two people will very rarely require the same treatment to resolve their back pain. Your physiotherapist will decide with you upon the course of treatment based on the results of your assessment. Treatment may include a combination of spinal mobilisation, soft tissue massage, postural correction, activity re-assessment, home exercise, gym-based exercise, neural mobilisation techniques and workplace ergonomic correction. You will be guided through every exercise and will never be asked to do anything you are not able to. Furthermore, support and advice is just a phone call away on 0114 208 6267.
What do I need to do?
Book an appointment by calling 0114 208 6267 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You don't need to wear any special clothes or bring anything with you, just be sure to wear a sports bra or loose fitting vest top as your physiotherapist may wish to view your back as part of the assessment.
1). Palmer KT. et al. Back pain in Britain: comparison of two prevalence surveys at an interval of 10 years. British Medical Journal 2000;320: 1577-1578.
2). Hoy D. et al. The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. Annals of Rheumatic Disease 2013;10:
3). Pengel, LHM. et al. Acute low back pain: systematic review of its prognosis. British Medical Journal 2003: 327-323.
4.) Williams C. et al. Red flags to screen for malignancy and fracture in patients with low back pain: systematic review. British Medical Journal 2013: 347.