What is acute Low Back Pain?
Most people will have at least one episode of acute low back pain in their lifetime.
Sometimes acute episodes start for no reason. You can even just wake one morning with back pain!
But don’t worry, acute back pain will usually settle quickly. For the vast majority of people, it will only last for 2-6 weeks.
The first few days can be painful and you will feel like limiting your activities and avoiding the painful movements. This is totally normal, as your brain is trying to protect you from causing any further pain and discomfort.
Often there is no one low back structure that can be blamed for your pain, which means there can be a couple of components that need attention.
What to do when you experience acute low back pain?
How to get your back moving again with acute low back pain
1. Josh explains in simple terms in the video below about why it’s important to get moving again to help your low back pain:
Other key learning points in this video include:
- Start with safe gentle movements “non-sweaty movement”
- How to start pacing activities
2. If you have a stiff sore low back and want some gentle easy to do stretches, watch this video! David, an experienced Physiotherapist, teaches three simple stretches that anyone can do, just laying on your bed.
3. If you have low back pain with bending and sitting then try this easy Physio exercise to help improve your back mobility and reduce the pain.
David, an experienced Physiotherapist, teaches you this simple but effective exercise you can do at home.
By Michael Wilson
Physiotherapist Payneham, myPhysioSA