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Neck and Back Pain

Neck and Back Pain

Do you suffer from neck and back pain?
Do you want to be able to:

  • Turn your head more easily?
  • Sleep through the night comfortably?
  • Do you want to wake up feeling fresh and relaxed?
  • Do you want to be able to check blind spots while driving without the fear of neck pain?

Neck and back pain can be debilitation and can have a huge impact on your daily life.

  • Did you know 80% of Australians experience neck and back discomfort at some point in their life and 10% have a significant disability as a result of their symptoms
  • Physiotherapists can help you understand how to manage your neck and back health, reduce symptoms and discomfort and improve quality of life
  • Looking after your neck and back symptoms can also boost your ability to perform daily activities which you enjoy most

Maintain neck and back health

  • We work with you to improve your posture
  • We provide hands on treatment in our clinic or at the comfort of your own home
  • We use a variety of treatment options to minimize pain and strengthen your muscles to minimise discomfort

Enjoy more of you and book now!

Contact us today on 02 8006 9111 to make a booking. Alternatively you can email us on [email protected] Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

 

 

Tight Hamstrings Stretches

Hamstring Tightness and Back Pain

Tight hamstrings and back pain are a common occurrence in individuals who spend a lot of time in sitting such as office workers, students or anyone else. Tightness in the Hamstrings muscle group limits the movement of your pelvis, which can increase stress across the lower back and cause incorrect posture. More specifically, tight hamstrings, causes the pelvis to tilt posteriorly which causes a reduction in the lower back curvature. Stretching tight hamstrings will
gradually lengthen them and reduce the stress felt in the lower back.

Hamstring Stretch Variations

tight hamstrings and back pain

Hamstring stretch variation in sitting

Hamstring stretch variation in lying

tight hamstrings and back pain

 

For more information on how we can further assist your corporate Physiotherapy needs, please call our clinic number on 02 8006 9111 or send us an email on [email protected] for further details. Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

Back Pain Treatment with Physiotherapy

Back Pain Treatment with Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is generally regarded as a safe and effective back pain treatment. If you’re looking for long term solutions about why you suffer back pain or for relief from pain, we may be able to help. If you suffer back pain and are looking for Physiotherapy in Parramatta, Sydney, Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta may be able to help. The statistics as they relate to back pain are very alarming. 80% of the community will suffer from back pain at some point in their life. The majority of these sufferers are men, however a significant number of women also suffer from back pain.

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Physiotherapy helps in many cases of lower back pain. Low back pain can be caused by a variety of problems with any of the complex connections associated with your spine, muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons. Some common sources of back pain include:

  • irritation of the large nerve root sciatic nerve pain originating in the low back and going down the legs
  • smaller nerve irritation caused by vertebral stiffness (a potentially misalignment of the vertebrae bones)
  • tight or strained lower back muscles
  • worn out joints or disc degeneration

Any issue with any of these complex areas may cause lower back pain or pain that radiates to other parts of your body (referred pain). Damage to the muscle and ligaments of the back, also referred to as a pulled or strained muscle, can occur when the back muscles are over stretched or torn. Poor posture and incorrect lifting technique can also contribute to back pain.

An initial Physiotherapy assessment at the clinic may identify underlying structural issues that warrant further investigation. If your posture looks incorrect from the outside, your spine may be affected from the inside.

Back Pain Treatment in Parramatta

Are Physiotherapists back pain specialists? Many health professionals including Doctors, Surgeons, and Physiotherapists may help in certain cases of back pain.

Many studies have concluded that manual therapy or Physiotherapy is effective for the treatment of lower back pain. There is firm literature support for Physiotherapy treatment of lower back pain. Many published guidelines recommend Physiotherapy as a form of therapy for patients. Physiotherapy works to increase joint range of motion, reduce nerve interference, increase flexibility and movement along the spine.

Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta promise to work with you to address the cause of your back pain and provide recommendations for care. Our experienced team will perform a comprehensive Physiotherapy assessment, including postural and biomechanical assessments, to diagnose your problem. Our team specialises in the management and treatment of musculoskeletal and postural issues.

Contact us today on 02 8006 9111 to make a booking. Alternatively you can email us on [email protected] Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a common condition with an estimated 1.2 million people diagnosed in Australia and a further 6.3 million people with low bone density.  This disease makes bones more brittle leading to a higher risk of fractures than healthy bones. The condition is caused when the bones lose calcium more quickly than the body can replace them leading to a loss of bone thickness and density. Osteoporosis has no symptoms until a fracture occurs. Can occur in any bone, but is commonly found in the wrist, spine and hip.  Fractures in the spine – known as wedge fractures occur in the elderly as a result of osteoporosis can result in height loss and changes in posture.

Risk Factors


• Family history of condition (hip fracture in a parent)
– Breast Cancer treated with Aromatase Inhibitors or Tamoxifen
– Prostate Cancer treated with Androgen Deprivation Therapy
• Medications that affect bone strength
• Experienced a broken bone after a minor bump or fall
– Steroid use for longer than 3 months (tablets or high-dose puffers)
• Low testosterone levels in men
• Coeliac Disease
• Hyperthyroidism or Hyperparathyroidism
• Chronic kidney or liver disease
• Low vitamin D levels

Preventing Falls:

Preventing Falls
For people with osteoporosis, preventing falls is vitally important as even a minor fall may cause a bone fracture.
Falls are most commonly caused by:

  • Poor muscle strength
  • Poor balance
  • Poor vision
  • Hazards around the home

Reducing Falls Risk:

  • GP medical review and management
  • Exercise to strengthen muscles and improve balance
  • Improve nutrition

Role of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists can help with exercises to:

  • Improve muscle strength, balance and flexibility
  • Improve bone density and
  • Reduce rate of bone density loss
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Improve physical fitness
  • Improve reaction time
  • Improve mobility
  • Reduce risk of falls

Reference:
Osteoporosis Australia website: www.osteoporosis.org.au

 

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a common cause of back and neck pain in people aged over 45 – 50. Stenosis refers to narrowing of the channel through which nerves exit. 

Some individuals may be born with a smaller channels through which nerves travel. In most adults, stenosis develops as part of age related deconditioning. There are cases where the person may not feel any effects of stenosis, whereas others may suffer from radiating pain, weakness, numbness  or pins and needles. These symptoms are secondary to compression of the nerves.

In lumbar stenosis, the spinal nerve roots in the lower back become compressed and this can produce symptoms of sciatica. Which include tingling, weakness or numbness that radiates from the low back and into the buttocks and legs. Cervical stenosis can produce similar symptoms which can be felt in the upper limbs.

spinal stenosis
spinal stenosis

If you are suffering from symptoms of stenosis, get in touch with Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta and let us help you get back on track.

Lower Back Strain

Lower back strains

The majority of episodes of acute lower back pain are muscular in origin. While a muscle strain doesn’t sound like a serious injury, the lower back pain resulting from the strain can be surprisingly severe.

Common causes of a lower back strain:

Lower back pain from muscle strains usually is caused by any type of movement that puts undue stress on the lower back. Frequent causes include lifting a heavy object, lifting while twisting, or a sudden movement or fall.

Watch this video on lower back pain:

Lower Back Strain Video

Lower back strain Symptoms

  • Localised pain in the lower back
  • Pain which does not radiate into the leg
  • The lower back may be tender and painful to touch
  • Pain usually comes on suddenly
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain which is better when rest
  • Difficulty standing up from sitting
  • Difficulty with walking
Sciatica pain treatment

Not all back pain is Sciatica

Did you know, not all back pain is Sciatica?

Sciatica pain treatment: Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain which shoots down the leg from the lower back. This pain may go down the back, outside, or front of the leg – depending on which nerve is affected. Typically, symptoms are only on one side of the body. It is rare to feel symptoms bilaterally. Certain causes can result in pain on both sides. Lower back pain is sometimes but not always present. Weakness or numbness may occur in various parts of the affected leg and foot.

Get in touch with Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta for expert advice and treatment. Walking distance from Parramatta and Harris Park stations. For enquiries call us on 0479 080 800 or [email protected]

sciatica pain

Sciatic Nerve

Sciatica Pain

Suffering from Sciatica Pain? Did you know the Sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body?

Pain which can originate in your lower back and travels into your leg with or without pins and needles, numbness and burning sensations can be associated with Sciatic nerve pain.

Sciatica Nerve Pain

Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely in both legs)
  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Leg pain that is often described as burning, tingling, or searing (versus a dull ache)
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg, foot, and/or toes
  • A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or walk
  • Pain that radiates down the leg and possibly into the foot and toes (it rarely occurs only in the foot)

Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating. Symptoms are usually based on the location of the pinched nerve.

Get in touch with Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta for expert advice and treatment. Walking distance from Parramatta and Harris Park stations. For enquiries call us on 0479 080 800 or [email protected]

Compression Fracture

Compression Fracture

I was asked by a patient this week if her back pain was being caused due to a Compression Fracture. (Dr. Google suggested her symptoms might be due to a compression fracture!) Given her age and type of symptoms, probably not.

So what are compression fractures and who’s at risk?

In general terms, compression fractures are a result of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is an age related condition where the bone density reduces as we age – causing weaker and brittle bones. You might have noted, when you visit a Physiotherapist we always ask about your age. We ask such questions because certain conditions are more prevalent in certain age groups. For example, it would be quite rare for a 25 year old female to be diagnosed with Osteoporosis, but a 60 year old female without a doubt will have some degree of Osteoporosis.

Compression fractures can essentially occur in any vertebral bone of the spine. However, they tend to occur most commonly in the Thoracic spine between the T10 – T12 vertebrae. Compression fractures are rarely seen above T7.

Compression fracture – Thoracic spine

Spinal Wedge Fractures

Vertebral fractures commonly result in a wedged shape vertebral body, as the bone in the front of the spine column collapses and loses height.Learn more: http://bit.ly/spinal-fracture

Posted by Spine-health on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Ajit Singh Lamba
Physiotherapist