Back Pain

Causes of back pain

Back pain often results over several years for multiple reasons. At Chiswick-Physio we can identify and outline the contributing factors to changes and how to adapt to reduce back pain.

Back pain results from joints, discs, muscles or ligaments injury. There are several causes of back pain, so it’s important to get seen by a professional to determine the best treatment path.

Some of the most common causes of back pain are:

  • Posture for prolonged periods
  • Repetitive movements
  • Slips and falls.
  • Sciatica
  • Disc dysfunction or disc prolapse (slipped disc)
  • Facet joint irritation
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Scoliosis,
  • Acute low back pain

Back conditions can also be result of more systemic conditions such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Osteoporosis

Symptoms of back pain

At our west London clinic, we describe the types of back pain in the following ways:

  • Acute low back pain happens suddenly and usually lasts a few days to a few weeks.
  • Chronic low back pain may come on quickly or slowly, occurs daily and lasts longer than 12 weeks.

Back pain can vary for each person and can range from mild to severe. Back pain can range from a specific pain in a local spot to generalised pain spreading all over the back and buttocks. Sometimes the pain radiates away from the back to other areas of the body, such as the legs, abdomen and foot. Depending on the type, cause and location of your back pain, you may experience:

  • Increasing pain with lifting and bending.
  • Worsening pain when resting, sitting, or standing.
  • Back pain that comes and goes.
  • Stiffness in the morning and reduced back pain with activity.
  • Pain that radiates away from the back into the buttocks, leg, foot or hip.
  • Weakness and/or numbness in your legs or feet.
  • Back pain that wakes you at night

Treatment of back pain

Back pain affects 8 out of 10 adults. Severe back pain is rare, affecting less than 5% of the population, so it is unlikely that your pain will be so significant that we cannot help you.

We will help you understand your back pain better and provide a clear plan to help reduce pain so that you can get back to enjoying the things you love to do.

Treatment will include:

  • Exercise programme
  • Massage
  • Education
  • Modification of activity

Exercises for back pain

Exercise is currently the only prevention for recurrent low back pain. Our West London clinic will provide you with an exercise programme involving the following:

  • Strengthening
  • Mobility
  • Stretching exercises

When to see a physio for back pain

It’s advisable to see a physiotherapist for back pain when the pain persists for more than a few days, worsens over time, or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms such as:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Leg pain

Additionally, if your back pain is related to a specific injury or accident, seeking prompt physiotherapy evaluation and treatment can be crucial for a faster recovery and preventing chronic low back pain.

At our west London clinic our team are experts in assessing musculoskeletal problems and can provide a personalised exercise programme, manual therapy, and guidance on proper posture and ergonomics to address the underlying causes of back pain and promote healing. Early intervention can often prevent the need for more invasive treatments and improve your overall quality of life.

How can I arrange an appointment for back pain?

Contact the clinic and one of the team can talk through the best roadmap to recovery from your back injury.


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How do I know if my symptoms are severe?

You should seek medical advice if your back pain does not improve after a few weeks or if any of the following symptom happen with your back pain:

  • Numbness and tingling.
  • Severe back pain that does not improve with medication.
  • Back or leg pain that is waking you at night.
  • Back pain after a fall or injury.
  • Back pain along with:
    • Trouble urinating
    • Weakness, pain, or numbness in your legs
    • Fever
    • Weight loss that you did not intend
What is the best exercise for back pain?

There is no one exercise for back pain. Lots of different types of exercise have a positive effect on back pain and no one type seems to be superior. Exercise that you enjoy and is easy for you to do will probably get done and hence have a positive effect. For acute back pain we recommend walking little but often.

The best exercise for lower back pain

Exercises to help low back pain

Why are strengthening exercises good for back pain?

A strengthening exercise programme is beneficial for back pain because it helps improve the stability and support provided by the muscles surrounding the spine, reducing the strain on the spinal discs and joints. Additionally, strong back and core muscles can help maintain proper posture and alignment, which is essential for preventing and managing back pain.

Should I continue doing my exercises if I have back pain?

While some mild discomfort or muscle soreness can be expected when starting a new exercise program, ongoing or increasing pain during exercise may indicate that you’re either doing the exercises incorrectly or that they are not appropriate for your current condition. A qualified healthcare provider can assess your situation, modify your exercise routine, or recommend alternative exercises that are safe and effective for your specific needs.

When should I see a physiotherapist with back pain?

It is recommended to see a physiotherapist if you have had back pain for more than 3 days that is not settling or getting worse.   Early intervention with physiotherapy can frequently prevent the necessity for more invasive medical procedures and significantly enhance your overall quality of life by addressing the root causes of back pain and promoting a quicker, more effective recovery.

What should I avoid doing if I have back pain?

If you have back pain, you should avoid activities or movements that exacerbate the pain, such as heavy lifting, sudden twisting motions, or periods of prolonged posture. It’s also crucial to refrain from ignoring persistent or worsening back pain without seeking medical attention, as early intervention can prevent potential complications.

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