Low back pain is very common
About 80% of people will suffer an episode of back pain in their lifetime, and the majority of these disorders will resolve. The problem is when these episodes do not resolve in the expected healing time and become chronic.
It is commonly believed that back pain arises from specific conditions including:
- Muscle and ligament strains,
- Disc lesions
- Slipped discs
- Degeneration etc
Occasionally this may be the case, however only 15% of low back pain disorders show up on scans and x-rays, which means 85% of patients have no known diagnosis for their problem. Therefore a classification of ‘non-specific chronic low back pain’ is given to the problem.
This can make treating lower back pain (LBP), especially chronic/persistent LBP, difficult to treat and maintain long term. As a result traditional treatments such as: exercise, mobilisations, manipulations, ultrasound, acupuncture, Pilates and core strengthening can often fail.
At North Lakes Physiotherapy we use the concept: Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT) to treat not only back pain but neck pain and other injuries beyond these two areas. This concept is thanks to the pioneering work of Professor Peter O’Sullivan from Perth, Western Australia.
CFT is used to identify the underlying driving mechanism of the problem which develops faulty movement patterns that contribute to the pain experience. From this, North Lakes physiotherapists will work to resolve the issue using functional ways of moving better. The concept is specific individualised care meaning we do not treat any patient the same.
This is due to North Lakes Physiotherapists considering not just the patho-anatomical or structural factors but the the wider picture of the patient including:
- Psychological factors
- Genetic factors
- Social factors
- Physical factors
Using this method generates a classification system which tells a fuller and clearer picture and story of the patients unique pain experience. This stands us in much better stead for helping resolve the pain and return the patient to their normal functional life.