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  • This week has a number of awareness event relevant to us. The whole week is both BackCare Awareness Week by BackCare; and also National Arthritis Week with Versus Arthritis (formerly Arthritis Research UK); with World Arthritis Day on Friday.
    Consequently, I'll be trying to make 3 blog posts this week, with arthritis coming on the 12th.
    So for today, let’s take a look at chronic low back pain (Chronic LBP).

                                               

    Low back pain that has been present for longer than three months is considered chronic. More than 80% of all health care costs can be attributed to chronic LBP. Nearly a third of people seeking treatment for low back pain will have persistent moderate pain for one year after an acute episode. Almost by definition, anyone suffering with chronic pain will also suffer an altered perception of pain, and the brain retrains itself, and becomes very good at feeling pain – whether it needs to or not.

    Chronic pain is always a complex condition, involving tissue damage, adaptation strategies, altered pain perception, altered psychology (depression, sleep disturbance etc) and usually secondary complaints brought about by the adaptations – in fact, the original condition can often be resolved at presentation, but the cascade of reactions is still continuing to cause the problems. This makes chronic pain very complex to treat, and means that we need to use manual therapy, home advice and psychological support all at the same time, to get the best results. There are no short cuts when it comes to dealing with chronic pain; and it can be hard work, for both the clinician and the patient.

     

    You can find out more here:

     

    www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk/back-pain

    www.chiro-trust.org/back-pain/chronic-low-back-pain-treatment-effective

    www.physioadvisor.com.au/injuries/lower-back

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    At Back In Action we also offer free consultations. This will take about 10-15 minutes where we can talk in general terms about your condition, and see if we can point you in the right direction for treatment. Whether that is with ourselves, someone else, or on your own at home. Call today to schedule your free no obligation consultation.

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    This coming week has a number of awareness event relevant to us. The whole week is both BackCare Awareness Week; and also National Arthritis Week; with World Arthritis Day next Friday.
    Consequently, I'll be trying to make 3 blog posts this week, with arthritis coming on the 12th.
    So for today, let’s take a look at acute low back pain (Acute LBP).

    LBP is the fifth most common reason for physician visits, which affects up to 85% of people at some point. The exact cause of the acute low back pain often remains unknown, though thorough examination can reduce the number of possibilities. The back pain can come on suddenly after lifting things, or gradually through overuse, or even for no easily identifiable reason. Many cases will resolve within a few days and minimal intervention (reduced loading, ice and movement). It is rarely serious; though it can be debilitating; and rarely needs imaging – except in cases of direct trauma, suspected inflammation, or medical red flags.

    Acute vs chronic are measures of duration, not severity; with Acute being anything that has lasted less than 8 weeks; with Chronic being more than 8 weeks. Between 6-8 weeks duration is often labelled as Subacute.

    Whilst most cases resolve within a couple of weeks; for those that do become chronic, the best thing you can do to improve the prognosis, is to start treatment sooner; which is a bit of a catch 22. As a rule of thumb, if the back pain is significantly reduced after 5-6 days, then you shouldn’t need any treatment; if it is barely improved, or still worsening, then treatment might be a good idea, even if it’s just in the form of advice on how to manage the pain at home, and prevent it coming again.

     

    You can find out more here:

    www.physio-pedia.com/Non_Specific_Low_Back_Pain
    www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk/back-pain
    www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-inju…/low-back-pain/lumbago

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    At Back In Action we also offer free consultations. This will take about 10-15 minutes where we can talk in general terms about your condition, and see if we can point you in the right direction for treatment. Whether that is with ourselves, someone else, or on your own at home. Call today to schedule your free no obligation consultation.

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