If you’ve ever experienced lower back pain, then you’ll know how uncomfortable, painful and frustrating it is. Most lower back pain is characterised as acute non-specific lower back pain, meaning that it’s difficult to identify a single cause. In contrast, a ‘specific’ lower back pain has a known cause, such as arthritis or a bulging disc.
So what has caused my back pain?
This is precisely what your assessment uncovers. If there’s a specific cause, it may be something like:
- – A bulging disc
- – Arthritis
- – Sciatica
- – An infection
Most people will fall into the category of non-specific back pain. This means a variety of factors may contribute, including:
- – Poor posture
- – Daily activities such as lifting heavy loads
- – Muscle and tendon strains
- – Smoking
- – Obesity
- – Other lifestyle factors
It’s very important to note that when we assess your lower back pain, the first priority is to exclude the serious causes of lower back pain that can have significant consequences. Once we exclude these and any other specific causes, we start musculoskeletal treatment for the non-specific causes. Don’t worry – we have very specific and proven treatments, despite the cause being labelled as ‘non-specific’.