Back Pain and Physiotherapy
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Back pain is very common and can vary from a slight twinge to severe
pain at times. Most people recover quickly from their back pain, if it
is managed properly. This summary will explain how physiotherapy can
What is back pain?
Back pain refers to a ‘musculoskeletal disorder’ (MSD) which also includes
neck pain and repetitive strain injury (RSI), now known as Work Relevant
Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD).
MSDs are a main cause of people being off sick from work.
Physiotherapy is extremely effective with MSDs. In one study, 80 per
cent of people who had physiotherapy for their MSD were able to carry on
working and did not have to go off sick.
Back pain has a wide variety of causes, from picking up a heavy
parcel incorrectly to spending too long in one position. Feeling very
anxious or stressed can make your pain worse.
It is rarely due to a
serious health problem.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy work wells for managing back pain. If you see an experienced and skilled
physiotherapist quickly, you can expect to speed up recovery as well as also
prevent the problem from recurring/coming back.
A physio will first check out if you have a serious health problem
that may be connected to your back pain. They will then find the reason
for your back pain and look at ways to help prevent further problems.
Physios offer a range of treatments that have proven to be
effective with back pain. These include manual treatments, and
acupuncture. Your physio will also advise you on appropriate exercise
and pain relief.
Physios are the third largest health profession after doctors and
nurses. They work in the public sectors, in private practice, for charities and in
the work-place, through occupational health schemes.
What will happen when I see a physiotherapist?
When you see a physio, they will assess your problem and give you
advice. They may give you a physical treatment. Everything you tell the
physio will be completely confidential.
So that your physio can have a good look at your back and possibly
feel your spine, they may need you to remove some clothes.
It’s a good
idea to dress comfortably and wear suitable underwear.
How can I help myself?
There is a lot you can do to help yourself. Continuing with your
usual work and activities, as much as possible, can help your back pain.
There are exercises that can reduce your back pain and help to
prevent it returning. The right sort of exercise, as advised by a
physiotherapist, can make a big difference.
Research has shown lower back pain may return if it is ignored.
Lifestyle changes, such as being more active and improving your posture,
Top tips for back pain
Exercise and activity are the most important ways of helping yourself if you have back pain
- Keep moving and continue with activities such as walking or swimming
- Paracetamol or similar pain-killers, taken as advised by your GP or physio, can help you keep moving comfortably
- Avoid sitting for too long when driving or at work
- Gently stretch to prevent stiffness
- Take care when lifting, bending your hips and knees to use the power in your legs
- Check your posture when using computers/games or watching television
- Check the mattress on your bed to ensure it supports you properly
- Don’t smoke – it impairs your circulation, which affects how quickly your body can recover
- Strengthen your trunk muscles as this may help to protect your back
- Make sure your car seat and office chair are adjusted correctly and support your back
- Eat a healthy diet and exercise, as being overweight can be a cause of back pain
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Our Physio & Rehab Expertise
Specialist Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and specialist rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.
Areas of specialization
- physiotherapy: back and neck (spine), sports, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle
- hand therapy: forearm, wrist, hand and fingers
- podiatrist: leg, calf, ankle, foot and toes
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All our therapists are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCM). See our entire team here by location and specialization.
Initially, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover. They then provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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We are a wholly Singapore Private Limited group of licensed physiotherapists, hand therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports massage therapists, clinical pilates practitioners and TCM physicians practicing in our scope of rehabilitation and its areas of specializations. As listed in our website are the list of services we provide our clients as referred by their medical doctors or by self referrals/word of mouth.
The range of rehabilitation results vary from patients to patients, depending on a variety of factors and reasons such as severity of condition, genetics, gender and age. However, we will still deliver the best evidence-based-practice of physiotherapy, hand therapy, TCM, sports training and deep tissue release therapy that we can deliver.
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