Low back pain (LBP) is the fifth most common reason for physician visits and affects nearly 60-80% of people throughout their lifetime. Some studies have shown that up to 23% of the world’s adults suffer from chronic low back pain. This population has also shown a one-year recurrence rate of 24% to 80%. Globally, in 2016, low back pain (LBP) contributed to 57.6 million of the total years lived with disability.
What is lower back pain?
There are different definitions of lower back pain depending on the source. According to the European Guidelines for prevention of low back pain, low back pain is defined as “pain and discomfort, localized below the costal margin and above the inferior gluteal folds, with or without leg pain".
Types of back pain
The structure and bone density vary from one person to another. Eventually, the intensity and manageability of back pain are also different for every person. For example, one person with a herniated disc may experience intolerable pain while another person with the same condition has no symptoms at all. Similarly, a muscle strain can range from mild to straining. That is why before going to a physiotherapist and any kind of lower back pain therapy, it's important to identify the accurate type of back pain experienced.
Axial pain or mechanical pain is confined to one spot or region. It may be as sharp or dull, comes and goes, constant, or throbbing. A muscle strain is a common cause of axial back pain as are facet joints and annular tears in discs.
Referred pain, characterized as dull and achy, tends to move around in various intensities. In the lower back, degenerative disc disease may cause referred pain to the hips and posterior thighs.
Sciatica pain is described as electric shock-like or searing. It can also be named as radicular pain. This pain follows the path of the nerve into the arm or leg and may be accompanied by numbness or weakness. It is caused by compression and/or inflammation of a spinal nerve root.
This kind of back pain is often caused by aging. When the space around the spinal cord narrows, pressure is created on the spinal cord and causes pain.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a treatment done by machine and manually also to improve the movement and function of joints, bones, and muscles. It can help to reduce back pain and get normalcy again. The human back is structured with a highly complex system of a series of interlocking elements including the vertebrae, discs, facet joints, ligaments, and muscles. Owing to such a complex structure, it is often very complicated to decide the proper treatment like an episode of back pain needs a strong physiotherapy-based rehabilitation program, once the basic medication course has been undertaken and prescribed by the orthopedic consultant.
Type of physiotherapy
Neurological physiotherapy involves the rehabilitation of people with acute neurological conditions like problems with the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nerves. People with neurological conditions may have difficulties with their physical functions. It can often incapacitate mobility, muscle strength, range of movement, and body balance.
Physiotherapists of VL Therapy are experienced in treating patients with neurological conditions, by increasing their ability with everyday tasks and promoting the functional activities that the patient values the most. Treatment for neurological disorders may include stretching, strengthening, and teaching you how to keep your balance and walk to achieve your maximum potential.
Pain in the muscle tissue, joints, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and muscle or skeletal structures of the body that strengthen the limbs or the back are musculoskeletal disorders, which are often caused by any accident, fracture, large objects being lifted incorrectly, repetitive pressure, direct injury, trauma, or damage to that particular part of the body.
Experienced Musculoskeletal physiotherapists from VL Therapy treat patients specifically suffering from problems with the muscles and joints, often causing back and neck pain with great care and in various ways like-
Manipulation and manual therapy
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
A lymphatic drainage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. The fluid inside the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from body tissues. Some health disorders can cause lymph fluid to build up. Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, or other conditions, in which lymphatic fluid collects in certain areas of the body because it cannot drain away naturally.
Skilled physiotherapists from VL Therapy provide Lymphatic massage conducted to improve the flow of lymph fluid, which should reduce swelling. They massage an area without swelling that will make space for fluid to flow to those parts from more congested areas.
Whether your pain is musculoskeletal, neuropathic, lower back pain or any other, VL Therapy can assist you in your discomfort. Our trained physiotherapists take a rigorous assessment of the ailment followed by the implementation of uniquely-designed, individually specific treatment and recommendations to get you back to your best – fast. To know more about our services and details please pay a visit to our official website.