Using Sports Therapy to treat Lower Back Pain

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Dubai, UAE:  Lower back pain interferes with activities of daily living. In some cases, it may reduce mobility,  which combined with discomfort can adversely affect fitness levels through a reduced ability to exercise. (Eg- pain that increases when running or even standing for long time periods)Lower back pain (LBP) can be related to a variety of underlying causes, however, a majority of the cases that I see are acute or chronic in nature. If you suffer from LBP  it is advisable to seek medical attention early so we can get you back to normal function and help you get back to the hobbies that are specific to your levels of fitness and lifestyle. The contributing factors to LBP are varied:

What spinal Structures contribute to Lower Back Pain?

There are several factors that can contribute to lower back pain. The most common injuries I see relate to mechanical and/or soft tissue injuries. The anatomical structures that commonly get injured or may contribute to degeneration of the spine include the intervertebral discs, nerve root irritation/compression, and facet joint injuries which can result in improper movement and resulting pain.

What symptoms are often associated with Lower Back Pain? 

  • Pain- sharp,dull,aching
  • Mild/moderate/severe
  • Stiffness
  • Poor flexibility
  • Pins and needles, numbness, tingling
  • Referred pain to your leg

How Sports therapy is used to treat Lower Back Pain 

Your sports therapist would take a detailed history which helps them work towards a diagnosis.  We will ask questions about the patient’s lifestyle (e.g aggravating/easing factors, previous treatment/ current exercise regime)  And then follow this up with an examination of the Lumbar spine to look for any limitations and pain associated with the movement. We also address the joint above/below the painful area which may be contributing to there problem.  We usually carry out a standardised assessment to ensure we have covered everything. 
Once we have screened the patients we are able to use & apply different treatment modalities to help improve the patients lower back pain which may include manual therapy, soft tissue massage, trigger point release, stretching and early/late stage rehabilitation.
Primary co-ordination of treatment depends on the individuals’ patient needs and may change between each session. If we feel the patient may need to be referred to another in-house clinician we can arrange this referral straight away  so you can be seen at the next available appointment


Causes of Lower Back Pain

There are a number of reasons why people can suffer from LBP which may be associated with lifting a heavy object(s), bending forwards, moving suddenly, traumatic injuries and prolonged periods of sitting.

Using an example of a person who has a sedentary job which involves sitting at a computer for long periods of time can cause muscle imbalances around the pelvis and Lumbar spine. Your gluteals (buttock) muscles can become inhibited from underuse which is functionally important to keep the rest of your body stable. The opposing muscles called your hip flexors contract whilst in more of shortened position can also contribute to LBP as it causes an anterior pull on the pelvis (Anterior pelvic tilt).

Preventative measures  that can be taken to reduce Lower Back Pain 

Although sitting may be unavoidable At times managing certain factors may help improve your spinal mobility and soft tissue flexibility.

  • Have an ergonomic assessment carried to ensure you have the correct desk set up
  • Take regular breaks from sitting
  • Regular Stretches and mobility exercises throughout the day
  • Strengthen the muscles and that may have fatigued due to underuse
  • Incorporate core stability exercises into your rehabilitation plan
  • Regular sports massages to help release tight muscles & trigger points that may be contributing to your LBP.

Is your Lower back pain not getting any better? 

Lower back pain can vary from each individual and complaints may be due to a different underlying cause. If you feel your symptoms are not improving we can provide you with information and advice following a thorough assessment and an integrated approach to treatment we can help you work towards specific goals and pre-injury level of fitness. 

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Jennifer Makin Sports Therapist

Although sitting may be unavoidable At times managing certain factors may help improve your spinal mobility and soft tissue flexibility.
Jennifer Makin, Sports Therapist