Low back pain explained

Around 80% of people experience back pain at some point in their lives. For some, this pain may simply be an annoyance, while for others it may be extremely painful and even debilitating. Back pain can affect people of all ages and although it can go away after a few days or weeks, it can sometimes be ongoing, requiring treatment.

With back pain being such a common condition, our chiropractors and physiotherapists are highly skilled and trained at diagnosing and treating all types of back pain from a range of causes. In our hands, and with our evidence informed approach, we can safely diagnose and treat your back pain, helping you to recover.

The back explained

The back is a complex structure that provides support to the pelvis, arms, ribcage, legs and skull. The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae. Each of these vertebrae are stacked up together to form the spine, an ‘s’ shaped column. These vertebrae are cushioned by cartilage or tissue, which is called intervertebral discs. These discs allow the spine to be flexible and also act as shock absorbers.

The complex layers of muscle allows structural support and movement of the spine. The spinal cord runs through the middle of the stacked vertebrae, connecting the brain to the whole body.

How we treat back pain at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C)

Our chiropractors and physiotherapists use the latest evidence when diagnosing and treating your back pain. Using a tailored treatment plan that looks at your condition and the cause of your back pain, we provide a safe and effective approach to quickly get you back pain free.

What causes back pain?

  • Accidents and injuries
  • Pregnancy
  • Tumours
  • Spine related problems
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Poor posture
  • Kidney infection
  • Sitting poorly at a desk (slouching).

What are back pain symptoms?

  • Inflammation
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Dull ache
  • Pulsating pain
  • Sharpness
  • Muscle spasm
  • Tenderness
  • Pain when moving the spine
  • Rash
  • Sciatica with shooting pain
  • Loss of control of the bowel or bladder.

For more back pain facts, read our back pain facts article

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