Back Pain, Sciatica and SIJs
Low Back Pain
Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in the world. Since 1990, the prevalence of low back pain has increased by 54% worldwide. In Australia, 80% of people will be affected by low back pain in their lifetime, with 1 in 6 people reporting debilitating symptoms. The personal cost of low back pain is high, not just in medical fees, missed work, missed school, missed sport, inability to perform house care, but most importantly also missing out on family time and living the life you desire.
90% of low back pain is non-specific low back pain, meaning the source of the pain cannot be determined. However, often there is a recognizable movement pattern associated with the low back pain allowing us to be specific with our choice of treatment. The majority of people recover well with our help within 6 weeks.
Physiotherapy For Sciatica
Sciatica refers to a collection of symptoms stemming from irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. This nerve originates from your lower spine, travels down through your buttocks, and extends down the back of your leg.
Traditionally the term sciatica literally meant pain from the irritation of the sciatic nerve. However, in modern times the term sciatica covers a broad range of conditions such as disc injuries with referred symptoms, nerve irritation or entrapments in the low back, piriformis syndrome and neural (nerve) tightness. The discomfort can be relentless, shooting down from your lower back to the toes, disrupting your daily activities.
With targeted exercises and a specialised treatment plan, we strive to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve and promote healing. Physiotherapy for sciatica can help you regain control over your body and reclaim a pain-free life.
Sacro-Illiac Joint (SIJ)
Sacro-Illiac Joint (SIJ) dysfunction can cause pain around the posterior pelvis and can refer to the front of the groin. Whilst this is a common issue in pregnancy, the SIJs can be injured or cause symptoms in the general population.
Our physiotherapists can provide the care that you need to help you get on top of your back pain and get back to enjoying your life as quickly as possible. We use evidenced based therapies that have been scientifically proven to help. The services that may be of assistance are: