Chronic Lower Back Pain
Chronic lower back pain is a catch-all term that can refer to a wide variety of conditions, from the degeneration of intervertebral discs, to sciatica as well as other conditions affecting the intervertebral discs and their inner nucleus.
Due to the complexities of these conditions, they are often hard to diagnose and harder to treat. However, our physiotherapists are well-trained to treat chronic back pain. Patients should be aware that curing lingering pain like this can be a lengthy process in itself. We will take the time to explain the nature of your condition.
At CARE Institute/Sabga Physiotherapy we will assess your condition and provide you with an individualized treatment programme possibly comprising of pain relieving modalities, spinal decompression,acupuncture and a graduated exercise programme.
The symptoms are paraesthesia, pain, discomfort, weakness and feelings of heaviness in the legs. The intermittent sensory-motor difficulties in walking are similar to those that result from chronic vascular insufficiencies. These issues can affect one leg, or both and can occur after a prolonged period spent standing up, or even after just a short walk.
CT and MRI scans can allow for more precise grading of the stenosis intensity.
The rehabilitation cycle will usually involve last at least 2 months, and will comprise of pain relieving techniques, spinal decompression therapy and a graduated exercise program.
The first step is clinical diagnosis, although several tests may need to be carried out in order to confirm this diagnosis, an X-ray of the lumbosacral region is typically the most supportive of these tests.In the most advanced cases, listhesis can cause stenosis, resulting in nerve compression and symptoms radiating from this area. Conservative therapy is preferred and consists of strengthening exercises that reduce the sliding movements of the vertebral body, increasing the retroversion of the pelvis and decreasing the lumbar lordosis.
For any of these conditions, contact us for an assessment