Back Pain can occur suddenly, or be a chronic condition. The pain can be intermittent, or constant. It may feel like a dull ache, a burning sensation or even a sharp/piercing sensation. Due to the nerves running through the back, it can also cause radiating pain into the arms or legs. It can also include limb weakness, numbness or tingling.
Back pain is the most common pain condition, affecting 9 out of 10 adults at some point in their life. There are several causes of back pain including strains, spasm, muscle imbalance, disc herniation. Another reasons could also be degenerative disc disease, trauma, fractures, inflammatory diseases, osteoarthritis and cancer .
At Queen West Physiotherapy and Acupuncture, our goal when treating back pain is to give you maximal pain reduction and get you back to proper function for your daily activities. We will provide you with education on proper sitting postures as well as recommend back rests and ergonomic seating cushions to help prevent further back pain. Further treatment will include modalities such heat and ice therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy. Also therapeutic ultrasound, electrotherapy Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and an extensive exercise program geared towards maintaining proper musculature and reduce pain. Our therapist will guide you through exercise programs that will help the supporting muscles get stronger and they will also teach you manual stretches that can be perform anywhere in order to reduce muscle tension and fatigue.