Lower Back Pain – Dalen Friesen

Do you have lower back pain? Struggling to find out what is wrong and why it hurts? Our trained physiotherapists can assess your back to help determine the root cause of pain and dysfunction, including muscular strain, disc injury, joint injury, or overuse injury. Then we can help you by getting the back moving better using various techniques such as manual therapy, massage or soft tissue mobilization, as well as IMS and other modalities. We can also help you learn how to protect your back, learn better posture and better mechanics of movement, as well as teach you exercises specific to your condition to enable you to strengthen your back to avoid future injury and pain.

Once you have had lower back pain, the incidence of recurrence can be high if you don’t strengthen the stabilizing muscles and core muscles around the lower back and pelvis, so learning what to do is crucial to your longer term lower back health and mobility. Contact us to set up an assessment of your back pain so we can get you back on track to feeling better, moving better and feeling strong again.

Hi, it’s Dalen Friesen, physiotherapist at Bodyworks Sports Physiotherapy clinic. And this is a brief overview of low back injuries and treatment approaches. One of the first things we try to do in an assessment of a low back injury is to understand the classification of that condition.

And what I mean with that simply is, is it something that is acute or chronic? Is it a flare up of something you perhaps have been dealing with for some time? Is it primarily soft tissue in nature? For example, a muscle strain or ligament sprain, does it involve joint mechanics which have become faulty? Our neurological tissues involved is a disc, perhaps putting pressure on some exiting nerve roots, for example.

Or is it primarily an inflammatory condition using this information. It helps us to develop a treatment plan that we believe will be effective in helping you recover and return to full function. Usually a key component of that treatment plan is education education that will help you identify maybe postures or movements or activities that you’re doing that may be continuing to aggravate the condition. Conversely positions or movements that may assist in relieving or helping with the recovery.

What is the condition that you’re dealing with to begin with? Helping you understand that is really important. Restoring faulty joint mechanics. Using manual therapy techniques for soft tissue release or to help a joint with its movement. Another very effective technique in dealing with low back pain involves dry needling techniques, in particular IMS or intramuscular stimulation.

This is a form of treatment that helps to relieve tight muscles, but also to lower or dampen a hyper sensitive nervous system. Once a joint is moving properly, the tissues have been released. It’s often appropriate to help with movement retraining. How can this joint or this area move now in a more appropriate manner?

And of course usually appropriate in any treatment plan would be specific therapeutic exercises, which you can continue to do on your own independently at home. And usually a progression of these as a treatment plan is moving forward.

If this sounds like something that you’re interested in or something that you’re dealing with and would like more information, feel free to reach out to one of the physiotherapists here at Body Works. You can also see us online at body-works.ca or give us a call at (604) 983-6616.