Low back pain is a major health condition with a high prevalence rate and cost to our health system. Back pain has a tendency to recur, and it is estimated that approximately 80% of back pain will recur within one year of an initial injury. Much research has been conducted into different treatments for low back pain. It has been shown that exercise is more beneficial than rest for prevention of recurrences (Soukop, 1999). In a study which investigated core stability exercises for low back pain, it was found that patients who performed core stability exercises were 2.1 times less likely to suffer from low back pain than those who rested or did other exercise at a 3 year follow up.
If you have a back injury, or are concerned about your back ache speak to your physiotherapist about preventative strategies to reduce your chance of back pain recurring. Evidence has shown that the recurrence rate and number of recurrences can be reduced by performing back pain physiotherapy exercises after physiotherapy treatment. It has also been shown that the time to another recurrence can be prolonged with these exercises. Physiotherapists can help you by providing manual treatment, education, specific exercises, lumbar supports, postural advice, ergonomic assessment and risk factor modification to help reduce your risk of back pain recurrence. It’s never too late to fix your back through back pain therapy!