The physiotherapist’s role in back pain recovery

The physiotherapist’s role in back pain recovery

The back is such a complex structure that the chances of a strain or injury occurring is high, and the physiotherapist’s role in back pain recovery can be vital in ensuring that the pain is not only relieved but also prevented from occurring again.

Research suggests that nearly 80 per cent of people will suffer with lower back pain at some point in their lives. Although the pain often disappears on its own after a few weeks or months, some sufferers find back pain to be a persistent problem which, if left untreated, gets worse over time.

What is back pain?

Back pain is a musculoskeletal (MSK) issue and can occur anywhere along the spine and pelvis. Although in rare cases it can be a sign of a more serious condition, back pain is generally caused by a strain or injury of the muscles, nerves, bones, ligaments or joints in the back.

How can a physio help?

Keeping positive, taking painkillers and staying active are all things that can improve back pain and help to make recovery quicker. You can find online a variety of helpful exercises to relieve lower back pain, such as this great blog which includes instructional videos by a two-time Olympian.

But, often, a physiotherapist’s role in back pain recovery is key to treating both long-term and recurring pain. A physiotherapist can help to speed up recovery by strengthening and stabilising muscles, and correcting asymmetrical movement patterns around the spine and pelvis. Physios can also advise on appropriate exercises and stretches to improve mobility and stop back pain recurring.

In our trials of Pelvipro, we found that one of the main concerns for people suffering from back pain was their inability to fulfil their normal activities and continue with their everyday lives, including getting back to work. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) cites one study in which 80 per cent of people who had physiotherapy for their musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) were able to continue working.

Physiotherapy and Pelvipro

Pelvipro is the brainchild of experienced MSK physiotherapist Chris Aldred. The device works by correcting asymmetrical movement patterns around the lumbar spine and pelvis, which is often a key cause of lower back pain. It has been developed to both enhance the treatment provided by physiotherapists to their patients, and to enable patients to complement their physio sessions by continuing treatment themselves outside of the clinic.

We are building a network of Pelvipro-accredited physiotherapists who use the device as part of the treatment of lower back pain. If you are a physio and would like to be involved, or if you are a patient and would like to use Pelvipro in your physiotherapy sessions, please contacts us here.

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