10 things you didn’t know about Lower Back Pain with Brad Beer

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It has been reported that lower back pain (LBP) affects up to 70% of the population at any one given point in time. Few people will pass through a life time without having the unpleasant experience of a sore lower back.

There is often a lot of misinformation that our patients have been exposed to prior to seeking our help. Here’s 10 tips that we hope help you better understand LBP:

  1. There are only 3 structures that can get sore in the lower back: the joints, discs, or nerve roots.
  2. You can have co existing causes of pain: for example a disc injury that then impacts a nerve root.
  3. The term ‘sciatica’ is not a diagnosis in itself. It is an umbrella term that refers to any pain referred down the leg from the lower back.
  4. Tight muscles in the hips (gluts, hip flexors, quadriceps) place extra pressure on your lower back.
  5. A stiff thoracic spine (bit that is above the lumbar spine) will put more load on the lower back.
  6. Wearing high heels puts more stress on the lower back as the pelvis tilts downward and in doing so ‘jams up’ the lower back.
  7. Your back is meant to bend. Many people avoid bending their lower back after their pain is settled for fear of a return of pain.
  8. Your discs take on extra fluid of a night. This process is called ‘imbibition’ and it is needed to keep the disc healthy.
  9. Through a day your spinal column can lose upwards of 1cm of height. This can be why you need to adjust the rear-view mirror on your way home in the afternoon.
  10. Smokers have a higher incidence and likelihood of developing lower back pain.

By Brad Beer (APAM)

POGO Guru Physio

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