Having a strong and healthy spine is important, and it can be very frustrating to experience neck or back pain. Fortunately, physiotherapy can be very helpful for both relieving pain, reducing the risk of recurrence of pain, and for establishing a progressive return to normal movement.
Most cases of back and neck pain are of a non-specific nature. A thorough assessment will help identify the nature of your pain and injury. This will help us deliver treatment and advice specifically for you so that we can get you moving as soon as possible.
Treating back and neck pain
When you see a physiotherapist for spinal pain, you will most likely receive a combined treatment approach that will include hands-on treatments like massage, mobilisations, dry needling, taping and stretching. We will explain why you may or may not require further imaging.
You will also receive education about why you are experiencing pain, and what you can do to manage your condition and recover faster. Once you are ready, your physio will give you exercises to do to help strengthen and mobilise your spine. They might also recommend you undertake a period of exercise rehabilitation classes. At the clinic we also sell hotpacks, Fisiocrem, myofoam rollers and spiky balls, all of which you can use for self management. Just ask your physio what is best for you.
Common causes of spinal pain that our physios treat include:
- Muscle strain
- Disc injury/sprain
- Nerve impingement
- Core muscle weakness and dysfunction
- Poor posture
- Facet joint stiffness
- Stress fractures
- Anklyosing Spondylitis
- Overactive myofascial trigger points
- Work / sport-related strain injuries