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Treatment options for lower back pain

For treatment of patients with chronic low back pain, the guidelines recommend the use of: NSAIDs and antidepressants In my opinion, clinically, Acute low back pain does respond well to NSAIDs when combined with a good explanation of the presenting injury and some strapping of the lumbar area with sports tape. Persistent low back pain…

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Treatment options for leg pain

Leg pain coming from the back is very common and quite frustrating. In order to understand how to treat leg pain it is important to establish what the type of leg pain is and what is causing it. Medical management for leg pain relief There are many different types of pain relief which may help…

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Why do we get leg pain coming from our back?

This post will explain why and how we can get leg pain from our lower back with some informative videos that help us understand. To start with lets quickly cover the different types of pain; Nociceptive -> pain provoked by noxious stimuli e.g. touching a hot plate, being pinched or exposure to a chemical. Neuropathic…

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Return to sport testing post ACL injury

  ACL rehabilitation can be a long and intense journey.   More often than not, the rehab time frames for return to sport in professional athletes after a significant ACL injury is greater than 9 months.   The rehab requires a lot of determination and structure in order to be done effectively. At the end…

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Exercises for preventing knee injuries

Preparation exercises for preventing knee injuries in sport   Knee injuries in sport are extremely common and can sometimes have large consequences. Injury to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the more significant injuries that can occur to the knee. Unfortunately, ACL injury is common, representing approximately 25% of serious injuries annually in…

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Sports Injury Prevention Physio Advice

      Injury Prevention in sport is an important part of any season. This can give you the best opportunity to stay fit and playing for as long as possible. A sports injury prevention plan can prevent soft tissue and non-contact injuries but also lower your risk of traumatic/contact injuries. On top of that…

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Persistent Lower Back Pain

Persistent lower back pain is defined as pain that continues for 12 weeks or longer, even after an initial injury or underlying cause of acute low back pain has been treated. About 20 percent of people affected by acute low back pain develop chronic low back pain with persistent symptoms at one year. Even if…

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Acute Low Back Pain

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,…

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Learn About Your Spine

Your spine is built to move, bend, lift, carry, run and have fun with! Listen to Josh, one of our Mount Barker Physiotherapist team, explain all things spine: What structures make up the back? Cervical spine, Thoracic spine, Lumbar spine, and Sacrum Coccyx. The lower back where most back pain occurs includes: Five bones (vertebrae)…

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Low Back Pain Facts

If you have back pain, you are in good company, in fact according to The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, about 4 million Australians have it every year! But don’t worry, most low back pain is acute, or short term, and lasts a few days to a few weeks. Here are some key back…