Back Pain

Relieve Your Back Pain and Regain Mobility

Back pain is a prevalent health issue that can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether it's a dull ache or sharp discomfort, back pain can significantly impact your daily life and activities. Understanding the causes and treatment options for back pain is crucial for finding relief and improving your quality of life.

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Muscle Strain or Injury

Muscle strain or injury is one of the most common causes of back pain. This can occur due to sudden movements, lifting heavy objects improperly, or overexertion during physical activity. When muscles in the back are stretched beyond their limits or torn, it can result in pain, stiffness, and limited mobility

Poor Posture

Poor posture, especially when sitting or standing for extended periods, can put strain on the muscles and ligaments in the back, leading to discomfort and pain. Slouching, hunching over a desk, or standing with an uneven distribution of weight can contribute to muscle imbalances and spinal misalignment, exacerbating back pain over time.

Degenerative Conditions

Degenerative conditions of the spine, such as osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis, can cause chronic back pain as the structures of the spine deteriorate with age. Osteoarthritis leads to the breakdown of cartilage in the joints of the spine, resulting in inflammation and pain. Degenerative disc disease involves the gradual deterioration of the intervertebral discs, leading to disc herniation and nerve compression. Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, which can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the back and legs.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Treatment for back pain depends on the underlying cause, severity of symptoms, and individual needs. Here are some common treatment options:

  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter or prescription medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, or analgesics, may be prescribed to alleviate pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: A tailored exercise program designed by a physical therapist can help improve flexibility, strengthen back muscles, and correct posture to reduce pain and prevent recurrence.
  • Manual Therapy: Techniques such as chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, or acupuncture may provide relief by releasing tension in the muscles, improving spinal alignment, and promoting relaxation.
  • Injections: Epidural steroid injections or nerve blocks may be recommended to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in cases of severe or chronic back pain.
  • Surgery: Surgical intervention may be considered for certain conditions, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or spinal fractures, if conservative treatments fail to provide relief. Surgical options may include discectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion, or artificial disc replacement.
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Seeking Professional Help

When to Consult a Healthcare Professional for Back Pain

If you're experiencing persistent or severe back pain that interferes with your daily activities or quality of life, it's essential to seek professional help from a healthcare provider specializing in spine health. Here are some signs that indicate the need for medical attention:

  • Persistent Pain: If your back pain persists for more than a few days despite rest and self-care measures, it may be a sign of an underlying issue that requires medical evaluation.
  • Radiating Pain: Back pain that radiates down one or both legs, accompanied by numbness, tingling, or weakness, may indicate nerve compression or irritation, such as sciatica.
  • Difficulty with Movement: Difficulty bending, twisting, or standing up straight due to back pain may indicate a more serious problem that needs to be addressed by a healthcare professional.
  • History of Trauma: If your back pain is the result of a recent injury, fall, or accident, it's important to seek medical attention to rule out fractures, ligament tears, or other structural damage.
  • Loss of Bowel or Bladder Control: Severe back pain accompanied by loss of bowel or bladder control, along with numbness around the genitals or buttocks, may be a sign of cauda equina syndrome, a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment.

Body Care

Our modern world does not cater for full expressive motion of our bodies. For this, our natural circulation can become sluggish and static, which creates inflammation, acidic build up and pain – this might translate as tightness, knots, headaches, neck and lower back pains or deep aches. Just like you service your car, your body needs regular maintenance too. Let our Motus Massage Therapists take care of tomorrow’s you.

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Motus Chiropractic and Massage clinic is located in Sydney’s Inner West, in Mortlake near Concord. We are conveniently near Cabarita, Rhodes, Canada Bay, Burwood, Strathfield, Five Dock and North Strathfield

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12A McDonald St,Mortlake
NSW 2137, Australia

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