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How to Treat Chronic Low Back Pain

At the Injury Rehab Centre one of the most common complaints that our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths treat is back pain. This is understandable as according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011–12 National Health Survey show about 3 million Australians (13.6% of the population) have back problems which can include neck pain, middle back pain and lower back pain. Of this the most common is lower back pain and it is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives.

http://www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems/what-are-back-problems/

Lower back pain can often be categorized into two types. Acute and Chronic pain.

Acute lower back pain is often characterised by an event such as bending over to pick something up or moving in an awkward way. In this event some type of muscle or joint might be strained, sprained or stretched and pain may ensue. Often these are just a one off event and can resolve on their own over time...

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Return to Running – How to beat running injuries with long term results.

Running is one of Australia’s favourite recreational activities due to convenience/affordability and we are lucky to have many great running tracks around the Cheltenham, Moorabin and Bayside areas. Unfortunately, the repetitive nature of the sport means that it is has one of the highest rates of injuries causing interruptions in training and leading to loss of conditioning.

According to Sports Medicine Australia:

  • Up to 70% of recreational and competitive runners sustain overuse injuries during any 12-month period.
  • 42% of all running injuries are to the knee, followed by 17% to the foot/ankle, 13% to the lower leg and 11% to the hip/pelvis.
  • Overuse injuries can occur from training errors (running frequency, duration, distance, speed and lack of leg strength and flexibility) and inappropriate surfaces, terrain and footwear.
  • Overuse injuries, as a result of training errors, are more common than acute injuries such as ligament and muscle sprains and strains.
  • The most common...
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