Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis and a Herniated Disc are frequent causes of back pain. Back pain symptoms consist of back ache, back muscle spasm, a stiff back, and can also refer pain to the buttocks, hamstrings, calf or foot. Back pain and back injuries may be caused by poor posture. Physiotherapy treatment and advice is really effective in the treatment and prevention of back pain.
Sciatica is more of a symptom than an actual diagnosis since there are many structures in the spine that can go wrong, resulting in sciatica. This can cause pain, altered sensation and muscle weakness in the back of the leg and foot supplied by the Sciatic nerve. Sciatica may be accompanied by back pain, although in some cases there may not be localised back pain. Physiotherapy treatment is extremely successful in most cases of Sciatica. Postural advice and physiotherapy exercises to improve spinal stability are central to successful treatment.
The majority of back pain is due to poor posture and lifting techniques. Poor sitting support for the back while at a computer can lead to back ache and contribute to conditions such as Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Disc and Facet Joint Dysfunction. Many people seek private physiotherapy treatment for these painful back conditions, which involves acupuncture, joint mobilisation and manipulation, massage, exercise therapy and advice on how to treat your own back pain.