Occurrence of back pain in society is present at epidemic proportions. Statistics tell us that 90% of people will experience back pain at some point in their life.This is not all bad news, as most of these will recover within 6 weeks. For first time sufferers, the goal is to achieve a full recovery and prevent recurrence; while for long term or recurring sufferers the goal is to pin point the underlying causes of the ongoing injury, so accurate and effective treatment and rehabilitation can take place.
During this difficult time, you can be assured that RHP Physiotherapists have the skills, experience, energy, and compassion to give you every chance of a full recovery. RHP's approach to assessment is holistic and considers all body parts and their influence on the spine. Spinal mechanics can be affected by movement deficiencies in the lower limbs as well as higher up in the body, for example the head or shoulder. Assessment will include:
- Analysis of how you move (biomechanics). For example, this may include walking, running, bending, one legged balance and co-ordination skills. These tests often tell us why your back is getting injured.
- The alignment of your pelvic bones, sacrum, and spinal vertebrae.
- Strength and flexibility testing.
- Palpation to feel for muscle spasm and joint restrictions or pain.
- Ergonomic assessment.
- Assessment of cranial and visceral systems where appropriate.
There are many possible sources for your back pain including intervertebral discs, joints, and muscles. At RHP we aim to identify the injured structure and perhaps more importantly, we will determine the factors causing your injury. This will enable us to accurately educate you, set up realistic recovery goals,and select the best treatment options for your condition.
Treatment at RHP is very hands on, and will use a unique combination of massage techniques, muscle energy techniques, mobilisations, as well as movement pattern and muscle activation correction.
At RHP we prioritise self-help strategies, exercises, and education. This is crucial to fixing the identified cause of your injury and preventing recurrence. It is very important to our physiotherapists that we provide help for the long term as well as the short term.