Chronic Low Back Pain
Low back pain is the most common disability in people younger than 45.
What is chronic low back pain?
Chronic low back pain is an extremely common condition where your back pain has lasted for over 3 months- this is said to be chronic. It may also be worsening. Chronic low back pain may also be a symptom of another condition such as stress.
What causes chronic low back pain?
There are several different causes of chronic low back pain including: injury, disease or stresses on bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, or nerves. The structure affected sends a signal through your nerves and spinal cord to the brain where the pain is registered and therefore felt.
Low back pain can be categorised as: mechanical, inflammatory, referred pain, metabolic or can be caused my mental conditions such as stress and depression.
Common conditions causing back pain include:
- Muscle strains
- Bulging discs
- Ligament sprains
- Bone injuries
The pain can be caused due to a trauma or can be an overuse injury.
What are the symptoms of chronic low back pain?
Your back pain may be constant or may come and go and you may experience flare ups’.
Any painful sensation in the lower part of your back that has lasted for over 3 months is classed as chronic low back pain. The pain may also radiate down one leg or it may be localised to one area. You may also experience pins and needles, numbness, or weakness if the cause of the back pain is due to nerve root damage/irritation.
You should seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these symptoms:
- High temperature
- Numbness or weakness in one or both legs
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Unexplained weight loss
- Constant pain
How is chronic low back pain diagnosed?
It can be very difficult to diagnose exactly what is causing your back pain, particularly with chronic low back pain. Research suggests there are also several links with stress and depression being associated with low back pain.
Your physiotherapist can carry out a full subjective and objective assessment to determine what structures may be causing your back pain and therefore what the best treatment method may be.
What treatment can Farrell Physiotherapy offer for chronic low back pain?
Based on what is causing your low back pain and what your symptoms are there are several treatment options available. After assessment your physiotherapist will create a tailor made treatment plan based around your goals and lifestyle.
Treatment can include:
- Stretching exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Ice/heat therapy
- Core stability exercises
- Joint mobilisation
- Advice regarding anti-inflammatories
- Coping strategies
- Advice and education about your condition
- Postural advice/adaptations
Benefit of physiotherapy for chronic low back pain?
There are several benefits of physiotherapy for chronic low back pain in order to manage symptoms and prevent re-injuring yourself.
Treatment assists with:
- Reduced pain
- Improved strength
- Increased flexibility
- Improved posture
- Prevention of back pain re-occurring
- Management of flare ups
Don't let pain win...
Our Expert Physiotherapists in Witham and Chelmsford specialise in providing the latest treatments and techniques in order to get you pain free as soon as possible, cure the cause of your pain and help you to return to pre-injury levels of activity.
Furthermore, we'll also give you a bespoke exercise and rehabilitation program, and advise you on how to prevent re-injury and remain pain free.
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- Lauren Hunt
I have recently completed a course of treatment with Ben Farrell and am pleased to highly recommend him to others. I went to see Ben when I was suffering with extreme pain due to a trapped nerve in my neck which caused pain to radiate into my shoulder, arm and hand. I got an appointment very quickly and Ben was able to diagnose the problem and work on alleviating the pain. Part of the treatment has involved improving my longstanding poor posture which I’ve had since a child and believed was something that could not be changed. Ben has also advised me on how to continue to work on this to avoid this problem from reoccurring in the future.
- Judith Woosnam
I visited the practice on personal recommendation following a doctor’s diagnosis of an as then unspecified “shoulder injury”. I had seen my GP as the increasing pain in my arm and shoulder was not only preventing me from lifting my arm above 90%, but was also increasingly stopping me from sleeping at night.
After an initial diagnosis session where Ben Farrell had quickly identified the actual problem, I then undertook a course of hands on physiotherapy and an increasing program of exercise. In view of the complexity of the problem (which I was advised had been going on for far longer than I has know), the physiotherapy program was, therefore, pretty comprehensive, however, always with excellent support and guidance from Ben along the way.
I am very pleased with the results and I am now both playing much better golf and getting a full night’s sleep. And, I have no problems lifting my arm its full range!!!! So, the next thing on the agenda will be the golf game at Benton Hall.
Before visiting Ben I had been suffering from pain in my achillies tendons, which had stopped me from running my first half marathon. I had previously visited other physios local to me but had made no improvement. On my first visit ,Ben immediately diagnosed that my problem was coming from an old lower back injury. I was impressed that he was determined to treat the root cause of the injury (back) and provide a long term cure, and not just focus on a short term treatment of my achilles. Ben’s friendly but straight talking manner made my visits very enjoyable. I was so impressed that I took my 14 year old son to see Ben when he had an injury prior to a very important football trial. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Ben to anyone .
- Mike Smith
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My first appointment with Mr Farrell was 4 weeks prior to running the London marathon and I was in no fit state to be able to run it due to a knee injury. Mr Farrell gave me a number of exercises to completely daily and a handful of one on one sessions as well. He also advised me on picking a better pair of running shoes to support my foot shape and create less pain in my knee.
A combination of the hard work put in by Mr Farrell and myself I managed to complete the marathon in just over 4 hours. A great achieve considering I couldn’t run for 4 months prior to the race due to my knee. My only regret was not going to see Mr Farrell earlier! Then I may have be able to probably train for it. Would highly recommend Mr Farrell to anyone, a very professional service and great results.
- Fraser Murray
One of the main things I learnt when you treated me was your ability to dispel some of the old chestnuts about joint pain. Through your physiotherapy and advice I now walk more and cycle a lot. I do not rest up when I have a flair up, I do the maximum exercise I can without causing to great a discomfort to my joints. I avoid Painkillers if at all possible.
I can honestly say that you have helped me to take a new outlook on life. Thank you.
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- Shane Murphy
Ben is an excellent physiotherapist who provided a considered care plan that enabled me to achieve my goals. Ben in his unique professional and personable manner demonstrated judgement and considerable experience to assist my recovery
After suffering persistent shoulder pain for several months I went to Farrell Physiotherapy on the recommendation of my husband.
After only a short course of treatment and undertaking daily exercises I am now pain free.
I would gladly recommend Farrell Physiotherapy to any person requiring physiotherapy treatment.
- C Wiltshire
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- C Dobinson
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