Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain (LBP) is the fifth most common reason for physician visits, which affects nearly 60-80% of people throughout their lifetime. The lifetime prevalence of low back pain is reported to be as high as 84%, and the prevalence of chronic low back pain is about 23%, with 11-12% of the population being disabled by low back pain.
In addition, lower back pain is usually categorized into 3 subtypes: acute, sub-acute, and chronic low back pain. This subdivision is based on the duration of the back pain. Acute low back pain is an episode of low back pain for less than 6 weeks, sub-acute low back pain between 6 and 12 weeks and chronic low back pain for 12 weeks or more.Low back pain that has been present for longer than three months is considered chronic.
Research highlighted patients with one or more of the following factors may be at risk for back pain. Aging, occupational hazard. sedentary lifestyle, excessive weight, poor posture, smoking could increase patient risk of experiencing low back pain.
In Dublin Sports Injury Clinic we have a high volume of patients who are treated with low back pain. Initially, our treatment will be focusing on helping our patients to get pain free as quickly as possible. We educate our patients to understand the cause of their back pain and how they can stay pain-free. Rehabilitation exercises will be customized for every patient and we show them the correct techniques and progression.
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Source: et al. Balagué F, 2012 Non-specific low back pain.
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