Lumbar Spine Injuries: Injury Fact Sheet

Did you know that 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives? There are a number of causes & the symptoms can range from mild numbness to acute pain. And for a number of people, this kind of back pain might feel like just a fact of their life, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Before we dive into the facts and recovery, it’s important to understand exactly what we’re dealing with. The lumbar spine is made up of 5 vertebrae (bones) with intervertebral discs between these bones, ligaments, and muscles. These structures work together to provide movement for your lower back, stability, cushioning, and the protection of your spinal cord.

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What are the statistics behind back pain?

  • Did you know 50-80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives?
  • If you have experienced back pain, you are not alone – 40% of the population will have back pain in any one year.

 

What are the causes of lumbar spine injuries and what symptoms will I have?

A Lumbar spine injury can occur in many different ways. Some common ways backs are injured involve: bending and twisting, lifting (with a bad technique), and bad sitting posture for prolonged periods. What structure is actually causing your pain will vary from person to person and an accurate diagnosis is required from a physiotherapist or your GP.  

Symptoms may include low back pain and sometimes pain will travel into the buttocks or down a leg. Sometimes other symptoms such as pins and needles, numbness, and weakness can be experienced. 

 

How long will it take for me to be back to normal?

So how long will it take to recover? Around 85% of back injuries will settle quickly. If this is your case, you’ll be able to get active and play sports within 2-6 weeks!

A small portion will take longer to resolve symptoms and return to activity. In both of these cases, having a physiotherapist diagnose and treat you will greatly reduce healing and recovery times. 

 

How can I speed up my recovery?

Your physiotherapist will be able to provide a more accurate guide, along with helping with the recovery time as timeframes for recovery vary greatly depending on the nature and severity of your injury. By taking the following actions, however, you give yourself the best chance of a fast and safe recovery.

  • Seek an early diagnosis. This will allow you the best and quickest way to return to activity and the knowledge on the do’s and don’ts in regards to your back pain.
  • Physiotherapy: Your physiotherapist will ascertain the nature of your lumbar spine injury and develop a treatment plan accordingly. This may involve:
    • A tailored rehabilitation programme usually involving a stretching regime, strengthening exercises to increase stability for your low back and pelvis and other home exercises.
    • Manual therapy – mobilisations, manipulations, and massage.
    • Education – Nature of injury, lifting techniques, work/home set up and strategies for self-management and prevention of reoccurrence.
    • Restoring Function – Your physiotherapist will develop a plan of action for returning to pre-injury activity and sport. 
    • Using techniques within The Four Corners of Health™ can accelerate recovery. This is because it takes into consideration all pillars of being a healthy human from function, mindset, nutrition, and sleep. 

 

If you want to know more about how Proactive 4 Health can help with your rehabilitation, Book your appointment today or give us a call. We’ll help you get things moving how they should, faster and safer.

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