How to Prevent Back Pain

Back pain is a common problem and will affect most of us at some point in our lives; in fact, 8 in 10 of us will encounter some form of back pain. Your back is a complex structure of joints, bones, muscles and nerves and it can be difficult sometimes to pinpoint the exact problem. However, back pain can be caused by a number of different occurrences, including injuries like a slipped disc or sciatica or something more simple such as bad posture.

Back pain can range from a slight ache to a sharp pain, and it is rare that it is caused by a serious condition. You may wake up one morning with back pain and no idea how it happened.

With this in mind, it is helpful to be aware of the different types of back pain and how treatment can help relieve your symptoms.

Upper and middle back pain

Back pain in this area refers to the thoracic vertebrae, which runs from the base of the neck to the bottom of the ribcage. It is less common than lower back pain as the bones in this area are not required to move and flex quite as much, but it can still cause some discomfort. Whether you experience stiffness and aching or a sharp, burning sensation, it is often the result of pinched nerves in the spine caused by the ribs.

It is mostly triggered by bad posture when sitting or standing, so this is something to consider if you are suffering from back pain in this area.

Lower back pain

The lower back is classed as the area from the bottom of the ribcage to the top of the legs. Symptoms can range from tension and stiffness to pain and soreness. As this part of the back is working hard to support the weight of the upper body, the delicate muscles, joints and bones can be susceptible to pain.

Pain is this area is often caused by everyday activities such as bending awkwardly, lifting incorrectly, slouching or standing for long periods of time.

How can physio help back pain?

One of the best ways to help relieve your physical symptoms is to undergo manual therapy, carried out by a physiotherapist. Manual therapy is designed to provide relief, and physiotherapy can work well to help manage your pain and help prevent back pain from occurring again.

There are a range of treatments available including manual therapy or even acupuncture. A physiotherapist can even advise you on the appropriate exercise and pain relief after your appointment. Gentle stretches and exercise are often the best ways to cure your back pain; strengthening the muscles in your back can ease discomfort and prevent future problems.

If you are experiencing back pain that is affecting your daily routine, contact us today and let our friendly and professional team help you!