Many of us at some point will experience lower back pain. The statistics are quite sobering with 80% of people suffering a bout of back pain at some point in their lives. This indicates that back pain is actually very common and normal. What is not normal however is being unable to recover from your back pain. Acute back pain is mostly the result of strains and sprains and as a result the prognosis is very encouraging with many people recovering fully within the first three months. Why a small majority of back pain sufferers fail to recover within this period is more complex and is currently one of the most researched topics in science today. New evidence is constantly being uncovered and therefore it is important to access health professionals with an evidence based background to get up to date and relevant treatment.
Over the last number of years we have also built up an understanding on how best to use diagnostic imaging when it comes to back pain. Previously it was the first port of call however, research has shown us that scans often display structures and changes to the spine that are poorly related to pain. After all pain is individualised and subjective and must be interpreted with other information such as the persons signs and symptoms and medical history. Scans routinely display bulging discs, degeneration and arthritic changes and these changes can be present in individuals with no back pain at all.
Other common misconceptions regarding the spine relate to “something being out of place”. Again research has shown us that back pain is not caused by a bone, joint or pelvis being out of place or misaligned. Many people have undergone manipulation and felt considerably better however this can be attributed to short term changes in muscle tone, pain and fear. Evidence shows that improvements are not due to re-aligning spinal structures.
Operated by fully qualified chartered physiotherapist Kevin Conneely, HealthStep offers a personal touch in physiotherapy. From disabling back pain to persistent muscle and joint injuries, Healthstep physiotherapy offers an extensive range of physio services covering every type of need.
HealthStep Physiotherapy’s prime location above Whelehans Pharmacy means access to a high-quality physio service in a private setting right in the centre of Mullingar.
Kevin offers reduced physiotherapy rates for under-18s, students with valid student ID and for Over 65’s. He also offers reduced rates for affiliated sports clubs and other groups. Contact Kevin on 087 4626 093 for bookings