Causing physical disability and psychological stress
Increasingly common with older age
CLBP does not always have a clearly defined underlying pathological cause
There may be underlying causes contributing to your back pain inclusive of poor posture and poor back ‘habits’ that leads to ongoing stress to one area of your spine
Multidisciplinary therapy (utilising both physical and psychological interventions) has been shown to assist some people to improve their functional capacity.
Drug therapy will not ‘cure’ your CLBP
What you can expect/look out for
Unfortunately outcomes are still universally poor for individual interventions for CLBP
Be prepared for continued discomfort for a while to come
Hints for self management
Try to stay positive.If you feel stressed discuss this with your GP.They may be able to help.
Do not hang all your hopes on a singular treatment strategy.Evidence does not hold well that one therapy in isolation will reduce your pain.
Stay active with regular exercise (x3/wk) that does not aggravate your pain
Try to return to work, even if only on limited duties
Keep discussing your issues, both physical and psychological, with your GP
Pain Management Clinics, discuss this with your Dr
Being more aware of your posture and the muscles that support your spine, aswell as the stresses you place your spine under during the day can help your symptoms
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This handout was prepared by Sydney Sports and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and is intended as a general information service. Please note that the information provided is not intended as a substitute for advice from a registered physician or healthcare professional. If symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.