Lower Back Pain………Is Surgery your Only Option?

As Physiotherapists we see a number of patients in the clinic suffering from chronic and acute back pain.  This would be the most common presentation we see on a weekly basis as practitioners. It is estimated that 70-90% of people will suffer from lower back at some point in their lives and is the 3rd leading cause of disease burden in Australia after cancer and cardiovascular disease.  No question about it, back pain is very debilitating and can severely affect your day-to-day life.  In saying this each individual that presents with lower back pain will not be the same and thus, it is important to seek advise from a qualified Physiotherapist.

What Causes Lower Back Pain?

If we were to list all of the lower back injuries we come across on a regular basis you could be here for a very long time.  This is why we have chosen my top 3 lower back pain cases for you:

  1. Sports injuries (involving twisting or large forces) or poor technique
  2. Poor posture over time
  3. Herniated disc injuries

Want to read more about our method of treatment for herniated disc injuries?

Lower Back Surgery

If your doctor has recommended an operation, always get a second opinion.  Back surgery can fail because the operation was not the correct treatment due to the surgeon never establishing the actual source of pain.  There is also a small risk with all surgery’s performed which may cause post-operative complications such as; nerve damage & infection.  In some rare cases surgery may need to be performed, however all conservative/non-operative options should be explored first.

Physiotherapy for Lower Back Pain 

Physiotherapy is non-invasive, cost effective (especially if you have private health cover) and normally you will not have to take time off work.  Your ability to function in daily life with manageable pain levels that does not disrupt sleep is a good indication that a nonsurgical treatment is usually recommended.  Back problems typically respond to non-surgical treatment such as; heat, soft tissue massage and Physiotherapy Rehabilitation.  Physiotherapy is not a quick fix, however it will enable the individual to take control of their back pain through an active approach.

You may also be interested in our blog – When Should I have an MRI

Do you suffer from lower back pain?

Would you like a second opinion on your lower back pain diagnosis? Take advantage of our GAP FREE INJURY ASSESSMENT for all private health care members.

Have you experienced complications after surgery? Book your GAP FREE INJURY ASSESSMENT with one of our qualified Physiotherapist today!