Low back pain
Low back pain is an extremely common condition and reason people will see our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C). Our chiropractors and physiotherapist are extremely experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain and use the latest treatments to get you back pain free, fast.
In the vast majority of cases of low back pain are not caused by something life threatening or serious, however low back pain can become a constant and persistent source of restriction, pain and discomfort. A chiropractor or physiotherapist who specialises in the spine should look at low back that lasts for more than a few days. Located in both Balmain and Dee Why Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is your best resource for low back pain, neck pain and mid back pain.
Lumbar myelopathy is a rare condition that causes low back pain and buttock pain, along with a collection of neurological signs and symptoms. There are a variety of causes of lumbar myelopathy and it is very important to contact a member of your health team if you are experiencing the symptoms of this condition. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) are skill clinicians specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of Low back pain. We offer clear advice, sensible treatment strategies and continued support for all our patients under our care for neck pain.
Cauda equina syndrome
Cauda equina syndrome is a medically emergency and occurs when a large collection of nerves in the lower back suddenly become compressed. This may cause low back pain but not always. Cauda equina syndrome may be due to a large lumbar disc herniation, surgery, trauma, fracture, hematoma or a tumour. Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is a low back pain centre of excellence. We provide you with all the information you need to become low back pain free.
Lumbar spinal stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis can be the source of persistent and chronic low back pain. Lumbar stenosis describes a reduction in the size of the passageway that houses the spine or the spinal nerves in the vertebral column. Compression of neural tissue in the low back leads to low back pain and discomfort. Identifying the cause of your low back pain is the first step in finding a lasting solution. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why we help you find a lasting solution for your low back pain.
Lumbar bone Spurs
Lumbar bone spurs can become a constant source of low back pain pain. The formation of bone spurs is typical with the normal aging process. Persistent stress placed on the spinal joints leads to bone spur development that can eventually protrude into delicate neural tissue. It is important to seek the opinion of a good chiropractor or physiotherapist if you are experiencing persistent or chronic low back pain. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we specialise in all non-surgical low back problems, providing the communities of Balmain and Dee Why Sydney with the gold standard in evidence-based personalised low back pain treatments.
Lumbar degenerative disc disease
Lumbar degenerative disc disease describes is the process of aging and degeneration of the low back cartilage and joint structures. Degenerative disc disease in the low back is occurs to a degree in all of us as we age. In advanced cases, lumbar degenerative disc disease can lead to chronic and persistent low back pain and discomfort. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why have a key clinical focus in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of low back pain and lumbar degenerative disc disease.
Lumbar pinched nerve
Lumbar (low back) pinched nerves are a source of low back pain and discomfort. In many cases pinched nerves in the low back can be successfully treated with chiropractic and physiotherapy. People may experience low back pain, tingling into the legs and sometimes muscle weakness. It is very important to see a chiropractor or physiotherapist if you are experiencing any pain, numbness or any changes in feeling down one or both legs. A pinched nerve in some cases can be very serious and it is always best to have a pinched nerve looked at early.
Lumbar radiculopathy implies that you have compression or irritation to a nerve in the low back and this may cause low back pain with shooting pain down the leg. Sometimes the only symptom that is experienced with lumbar radiculopathy is change in the sensation down your leg. In more serious situations, lumbar radiculopathy may cause muscle weakness and function loss of the leg muscles. A chiropractor or physiotherapist should evaluate lumbar radiculopathy causing low back pain as soon as possible to prevent lasting damage. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why lumbar radiculopathy can be treated successfully using safe and gentle treatments.
Lumbar facet joint pain
Lumbar facet joint pain is a common cause of low back pain and discomfort. The lumbar facet joints guide movement of the low back and are susceptible to injury during repeated movements and acute trauma. A chiropractor or physiotherapist will be able to test for this condition and treat it effectively. Using a combination of hands on treatments and strengthening exercises. Located in Balmain and Dee Why Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is an excellent choice for the non-surgical treatment of low back caused by lumbar facet joint pain.
Lumbar disc bulge
Lumbar disc bulge can cause low back pain and discomfort. Technically speaking it’s not the low back disc bulge that causes the pain. A low back disc bulge causes pain only when it places pressure on other structures such as nerves and this causes low back pain and dysfunction. A large disc bulge may place tension on the spinal cord or spinal nerves, or place pressure on the joints of the low back. There are many treatments our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) can use to help the your low back pain due to a lumbar disc bulge.
Lumbar herniated disc
Lumbar disc herniation is a common cause of low back pain and discomfort. A lumbar disc herniation is also called a low back disc herniation, a slipped disc in the low back and a ruptured low back disc. Lumbar (low back) disc herniation is very common. Anyone who is experiencing ongoing low back pain should actively seek a proper diagnosis and treatment strategy this will help reduce pain and improve the function of the low back. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) excel in the treatment of low back pain from lumbar disc herniation using the best in evidence-based treatments.
Lumbar disc protrusion
A lumbar disc protrusion implies that the inner, softer part of an intervertebral disc has crashed through the outer harder layer of a disc. This rupture of the inner contents of the disc through the outer contents of a disc may cause pressure on pain sensitive structures such as nerves. There are only pain receptors on the outer third of a disc, therefore any rupture must make it to the out third before pain or discomfort is felt. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) our chiropractors and physiotherapists are able to offer effective treatments for lumbar disc protrusions using gentle, safe and effective treatments. Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why is a low back pain, treatment centre of excellence.
Lumbar discogenic pain
Discogenic low back pain implies that the intervertebral disc is the cause of cause of low back pain. This is extremely common and accounts for up to 40% of low back pain (in some reviews). Discogenic pain can be extremely temperamental and persistent cause of low back pain. Chiropractic and physiotherapy can successfully manage discogenic low back pain. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why offer safe, effective and lasting treatments for discogenic low back pain.
Post laminectomy syndrome
Post laminectomy syndrome is also called failed back surgery syndrome. It is the condition that describes persistent low back pain following low back pain surgery. Low back surgery may include spinal fusion, laminectomy or discectomy. Typically the cause of this is complications during the surgery, iatrogenic causes, poor healing, or the spinal joint above or below failing. The management of this condition is formulated on a case-by-case basis, however our chiropractors and physiotherapists will typically base treatment around reducing inflammation, improving joint mechanics, and alleviating pain.
Coccydynia or tailbone pain can be a source of debilitating and persistent low back and pelvic pain that should be evaluated by a chiropractor or physiotherapist. This condition is not as common as other sources of low back pain, however it can develop into a long-term problem. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why use treatments for coccydynia that are safe, reliable and based on the latest research.
Lumbar (low back) spondylolisthesis suggests that the stabilisation of vertebrae has been reduced and allowed some slippage of one vertebra on another. The condition occurs when a vertebra slips forward in relation to the bone below it. The causes of spondylolisthesis include congenital spondylolisthesis, degenerative spondylolisthesis, isthmic spondylolisthesis, pathologic spondylolisthesis, iatrogenic spondylolisthesis and traumatic spondylolisthesis. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we are passionate about treating spinal problems and getting the best and quickest results for our patients. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists use treatments to improve joint function and reduce pain and inflammation associated with cases of low back pain.
Lumbar spondyloarthropathies are also called spondyloarthritis and include ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter’s syndrome (reactive arthritis), enteropathic arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. These conditions may lead to tissue irritation in the low back and cause ongoing low back pain and discomfort. A team approach with a variety of medical professionals, chiropractors and physiotherapists is the best way to ensure lasting relief from low back pain and discomfort. Chiropractic and physiotherapy can help with the mechanical pain and dysfunction that come from such disorders. Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is a low back pain centre of excellence located in Balmain and Dee Why Sydney. We are here to help with all none-surgical spinal conditions.
Ankylosing spondylitis is one of the spondyloarthropathies that is a form of joint inflammation. It commonly affects the low back leading to low back pain. Ankylosing spondylitis causes joint pain, inflammation and stiffness. The cause of ankylosing spondylitis is unknown. Ankylosing spondylitis typically affects people younger than 35 years old. It typically affects men more than women and may affect cause inflammation to the iris in the eye, inflammation in the heart valves, aorta, lungs and in some serve cases the kidneys and digestive tract. Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is a low back pain treatment centre of excellence. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists are dedicated to providing high quality, reliable and effective treatments for low back pain.
Reiter’s syndrome is sometimes called reactive arthritis and this describes a condition that causes pain and inflammation around the body, especially in the spine and low back. It is most common in young men compared to women however the condition can affect both men and women of any age. Reiter’s syndrome may be caused or triggered by bacterial infection in the digestive and urinary tract. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), if you are experiencing recurrent and persistent low back pain that just doesn’t go away one of our chiropractors or physiotherapists may need to rule this condition out.
Psoriatic arthritis describes a condition that develops in people who have a skin condition called psoriasis. It causes joint swelling and inflammation. This usually occurs in the joint of the hands and fingers. 30% of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. It is most common in individuals between the ages of 30 and 50 but can affect someone at any time. It is thought that genes, the immune system and environmental factors paly a role in its onset. 85% of people will have the skin condition before any joint disease. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we focus on the mechanical aspects of this condition and deliver evidence-based treatments designed to improved movement, retain flexibility and enhance muscle and joint mechanics.
Enteropathic arthritis develops in approximately 9% to 20% of people with inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. People who have enteropathic arthritis have episodes of sacroiliac joint pain (pelvic joints) and low back pain, in some cases up to 20%. If you have persistent low back pain and inflammatory bowel disease investigations must be done to secure an accurate diagnosis. Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is a low back pain treatment centre of excellence focusing on non-surgical low back conditions. Please call us today with any questions.
Sciatica is a condition that causes pain in the lower back, hip, and down the leg. Essentially, sciatica is caused by a “pinched” nerve in the low back and this causes pain within the nerve. Typically, this will just occur on one side of the body. This “pinching” occurs due to a disc herniation or overgrowth of boney spurs from a degenerated (arthritic) spine and we call these osteophytes. In some cases the nerve may be compressed by a tumour or a condition such as diabetes may damage the nerve, but this is not as common. Technically sciatica is just a symptoms and the real condition is what is causing the sciatica such as a herniated or slipped disc. Low back pain is typical with sciatica. Sciatica should be treated by an experienced chiropractor or physiotherapist.
The sacroiliac joints are the two joints at the back of the pelvis that connect the sacrum (pelvic bone) to the ilium of the pelvis (hips bones). Sacroiliac joint dysfunction means there is too much motion or inflammation in the sacroiliac joints. There are many different names for this and theses may include sacroiliac joint syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and sacroiliac joint inflammation. Most clinicians and patient who have had this condition will abbreviate sacroiliac joint to SIJ, and therefore SIJ inflammation and SIJ dysfunction. Sacroiliac disorders are a common source of low back pain an experienced chiropractor or physiotherapist should evaluate.
Foot drop is a condition or term that is used to describe an inability to dorsiflex or extend the foot as we walk (bend the foot towards the shin). Because of this, when a person has foot drop their foot starts to slap the ground as they walk. This foot drop does not allow to foot to clear the ground during walking and people start to trip over their feet. The reason this occurs is because the tibialis anterior muscle that allows dorsiflexion during walking is weakened. We will see this with low back conditions such as a herniated disc that places pressure on the low back spinal nerves. A chiropractor or physiotherapist must look at this condition immediately and specialist medical referral should be given prompty to avoid ongoing complication.
Neurofibromas are a benign and slow growing tumor of the outer casing of a nerve. We call this the nerve sheath and this is where the tumour grows. They can grow in any nerve (peripheral nerve) and are common in the spinal nerves. Spinal neurofibromas can be singular or multiple in the nerves they affect, the onset of symptoms may be gradual or sudden. Any damage that a neurofibroma delivers is usually due to the pressure or inflammation that is placed on the nerves tissue surrounding that area. In this section our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) will give you information on neurofibromas.
Acute low pain
Acute low back pain simply implies that a bout of low back pain has been present for less than 3 months. There are many causes of acute low back pain including traumatic causes such as car accidents and sports injuries, infection such as meningitis or inflammatory such as radiculitis (pain down the leg). The treatment of acute low back pain depends on what the cause is. Visiting the chiropractor or physiotherapist is the first step when experiencing low back pain for the first time. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) treat acute low back pain very effectively and safely.
Chronic low back pain
Chronic low back pain is described as low back pain that has lasted for more than 3 months. There is a range of causes for chronic low back pain and a chiropractor or physiotherapist should be your first to improve chronic neck pain. A through history and physical examination of the low back should allow a chiropractor of physiotherapist to successfully diagnosis the cause of your chronic low pain and put forward an effective treatment strategy. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why our treatments of chronic neck pain are safe, effective and based on the latest research, making them the gold standard of chronic low back pain care.
Stiff low back
Low back stiffness is a symptom. Our low back may become stiff due to arthritis, overuse, infection, muscle tightness or a myriad of other causes. It is important to see a chiropractor or physiotherapist if you experience low back stiffness that persists and isn’t easily resolved by reducing sedentary postures and try some simple things such as rearranging your office set up. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists in Balmain and Dee Why will provide you with a clear diagnosis and personalised treatment strategy for a stiff low back.
Trigger Points in the low back
Trigger points are sometimes called muscle knots and are technically known as myofascial trigger points. Essentially they are small pockets of tightly contracted muscle within the low back muscle(s). These pockets of contractions lead to a cascade of reactions within the muscle that ultimately lead to pain and discomfort. Trigger points are common in the low back and although they can be small in size, they can cause a lot of low back pain and discomfort. Trigger points in the low back can cause pain directly or complicate other preexisting conditions in the low back such as arthritis. Even if you think you have trigger points in the neck it is important to have these looked at as trigger points can mimic other more serious problems. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we use the latest treatments based on research to help you recover form trigger points in the low back.
Red flags for low back pain
For completeness we have added red flags for low back pain within this section. Red flags are certain signs or symptoms that would suggest something more serious may be going on in the low back. Red flags will prompt a physiotherapist or chiropractor to order more specialised testing such as MRI or specialist referral. They are included here for information and completeness in the context of low back pain. As diagnosticians, chiropractors and physiotherapists have a role in treating low back pain but also identifying when something serious may be going on and provide prompt medical referral. Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is a chiropractic and physiotherapy centre of excellence located in Balmain and Dee Why.
Lumbar internal disc disruption
Internal disc disruption may be a cause of low back pain and discomfort and implies that the inner integrity of the intervertebral disc(s) in the low back have been compromised and are now producing pain. Internal disc disruption is also called discogenic pain syndrome or just discogenic pain. Tearing of a disc (concentric or radial) may be viewed on discogram or specialised MRI but is usually not observed on standard MRI or CT scan. Chiropractors and physiotherapists must be alert to this in order to provide sound treatments that are based on the latest research. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we provide the gold standard of non-surgical low back pain care, we are a chiropractic and physiotherapy centre of excellence.
Lumbar spondylosis is a common cause of low back pain. The term lumbar spondylosis is just a fancy way to say someone’s low back has aged and undergone some wear and tear. Lumbar spondylosis is typical and we will all experience it to some degree. When it becomes advanced it can lead to ongoing low back stiffness and pain. There are many treatments to improve the function of your low back that our chiropractors or physiotherapists may employ at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C). Located in Balmain and Dee Why Sydney, low back pain advice is never far away.
Lumbar facet syndrome
Lumbar facet joint syndrome is a common cause of low back pain and discomfort. The facet joints are like the steering wheels of our spine joints and are susceptible to injury in the low back due to the amount of movement and load bearing that occurs in the low back. The more load (body weight) the lumbar facet joints must support the more likely they are to be injured. They take more load when our intervertebral disc start to wear out. Sometimes lumbar facet syndrome is just a fancy way to say there is pain in the deep low back. A chiropractor or physiotherapist will be able to test for this condition and treat it effectively.
Lumbar foraminal stenosis
Lumbar foraminal stenosis is the condition where the spinal nerve (s) have become compressed in the foraminal canal, as they exist the spinal cord. This condition is also known as lateral recess stenosis in the spine. Spinal nerves can become compressed within the foraminal canal anywhere in the spine. This is usually from a herniated disc or bone spur. It is most common in the neck and low back. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we are a low back pain treatment centre of excellence. We are chiropractors and physiotherapists working in a team environment to get you back pain free and back to living your life.
Lumbar disc herniation
Lumbar disc herniation is a common cause of neck pain and discomfort. Sometimes a lumbar disc herniation is also called a low back disc herniation, slipped disc in the low back and a ruptured disc in the back. Lumbar (low back) disc herniation is very common. Anyone who is experiencing ongoing low back pain should actively seek a proper diagnosis and treatment strategy this will help reduce pain and improve the function of the low back. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) excel in the treatment of low back pain from lumbar herniation using the best in evidence-based treatments.
Lumbar arthritis is a common presentation to our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C). Lumbar arthritis is just another way to say neck wear and tear and is very normal as we age. The problem is, some people get extensive wear and tear and this can lead to large amounts of pain and stiffness. Low back pain and stiffness are usually the initial symptoms that someone will notice with low back osteoarthritis, and the primary reasons someone will present to our low back pain treatment centre to have a consultation with one of our chiropractors or physiotherapists.
Lumbar osteophyte formation is a common condition that may cause low back pain and leg pain. Lumbar osteophytes are a common reason that people present to our Balmain and Dee Why low back pain treatment centre’s. Lumbar osteophytes naturally occur as we age, and as a result are more likely to cause low back pain in the middle to later years of life. It is important to accurately diagnosis low back (lumbar) osteophytes are a source of low back pain so an effective treatment strategy and rehabilitation program can be started. Our Balmain and Dee Why chiropractors and physiotherapists will help you every step of the way with your low back pain recovery.