Over 80% of New Zealanders will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. If you’re one of them, then you’ll know what struggle it can be. Back pain can impact on your work and your general ability to keep moving and enjoy life
The most common type of back pain often doesn’t have a clear cause. However there are a number of factors that can contribute to your risk of developing back pain, or aggravate the pain once you have it.
These factors include:
Your physio can identify the factors contributing to your specific back problem and design a treatment plan and management programme that’s just right for you. They’ll also check if any underlying health conditions could be contributing to your back pain.
Your physio can help with:
For minor back pain the sooner you get back to being active the better – gone are the days where bed rest for weeks was required. In fact, research clearly demonstrates that staying active can help reduce your pain and shorten recovery time in most cases. A physio can advise you on safe, appropriate exercises that will support your back and can advise you on the amount of activity that's right for you.
Physiotherapy can make a huge difference to your back pain, helping you with treatment and pain management. Most importantly a physio can teach you how to prevent back pain in the future.
Use our online Find a Physio database to find a physiotherapist near you. And remember that you don’t need a GP referral to see a physiotherapist.