Back Pain

Do you suffer with back pain?

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting a health practitioner, with 60-80% of people experiencing an episode of back pain in their life time. Back pain experiences will vary from person to person and from episode to episode. The pain can stem from various origins and structures.

Common source of symptoms

Joints on either side of your spine (facet joints)






Referred pain from another source

What causes back pain?

There are two common categories of low back pain that relate to the why we get injured.

1.Overuse – repetitive movement or positions place stress on the tissues. The body can cope with these stressors to a point. Beyond this point the tissues can not longer tolerate the load and pain and injury may occur.

This could be due to:

  • poor posture
  • poor sporting technique
  • weakness
  • poor flexibility

2.Acute tissue injury – a sudden movement that causes pain and overloads the tissue beyond its natural ability

Common reasons this occurs:

  • lifting with poor posture
  • lifting in suboptimal positions
  • lifting a load that is too heavy
At Sportsfit Physio and Health our Physios have all the tools to ensure you have a full recovery.


There are three categories of back pain. Acute, subacute and chronic. Acute back pain is an episode of pain that lasts for less than 6 weeks, subacute lasts for 6-12 weeks and chronic pain is classified as pain lasting longer than 12 weeks. It is important to note that most acute low back pain will be self-limited; however research suggests that those that seek medical care will improve more rapidly in the first month.


At your appointment, your physiotherapist will take a comprehensive history to understand how the injury occurred as well as your background and injury history. It is important to understand as much as possible to help guide your assessment and treatment and identify the causes of your injury.


For acute low back pain, your treatment may include:

  • massage
  • joint mobilization
  • dry needling
  • taping
  • strengthening exercises
  • stretching
  • motor control exercises such as pilates


For chronic low back pain there are strong recommendations for:

  • exercise
  • motor control exercise such as pilates or clinical exercise
  • yoga and stretching
  • hands on physiotherapy (massage, joint mobilizations)
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