Back Pain Treatment in Penang & Kuala Lumpur

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What is back pain?

Back pain can be divided into different segments of pain at the back. For instance, there is upper back pain, mid back pain and lower back pain. The pain that arises from the back can be triggered by the dysfunction of various structures coming from the back. Nevertheless, the commonest complaint of back pain generally takes place at the lower back. In spite of the age, young and older population have equal prospect of getting this condition.

Physiotherapy Back Pain
Physiotherapy Back Pain
Physiotherapy Back Pain

What are the signs and symptoms of lower back pain?

  • Pain in the lower back
    where sometimes radiates down one or both legs, into the buttocks, the groin area or into the back of the thigh (the pain is normally aggravated by movement)
  • Inability to stand up straight concurrently with pain at the lower back
    (difficulty in bending forward and backward) especially after getting up from a sitting position
  • Unable to sit, stand or walk for long
    where its hindrance is because of lower back pain
  • A stiff lower back
    where it is caused by the surrounding muscles of the spine going into spasm
  • A decreased range of motion
    which may interrupt normal everyday activities

What causes lower back pain?

  • Sprained muscles and ligaments
  • Slipped disc
  • Scoliosis
    a sideways curvature of the spine
  • Osteoporosis
    loss of bone density and thinning of bone
  • Rheumatism
    degeneration or ‘wear and tear’ of the joints of the lower back due to overworking the back
  • Tumour
    (rarely)
  • Arthritis
    degeneration of the spine

Simple treatments to ease the pain:-

  • Do some simple exercises
    such as swimming or some back pain exercises
  • Avoid carrying excess weight
    be careful when doing so
  • Develop good posture
    be it standing or sitting
  • Sleeping on a firm surface
  • Take painkillers or anti-inflammatory pills

Simple exercises for back pain:-

  • Lie flat on the floor on your back with your arms in a comfortable position alongside the body:
  • Bend your right knee and pull it up as far as you can towards your nose. Stretch the whole leg and lower it again. Repeat with the left leg (Section A)
  • Do the same exercise with both legs at the same time (Section B)
  • Bend your knees and place both feet flat on the floor. Stretch your arms sideways at an angle of 90 degrees. Keep both knees together and let them fall first to the left and then to the right – you should be twisting around your waist, whilst still on your back, allowing each hip to rise off the floor, but with shoulders remaining flat on the floor (Section C)
  • Repeat the whole exercise

Section A

Section B

Section C

  • Kneel on all fours with your back as straight as possible. Your knees should be under your hips and your hands under your shoulders:
  • Maintaining the natural curve of the spine, slowly bring your bottom back, to sit on or over your heels. Hold the stretch for five seconds then return to original position (Section A)
  • Lift and extend one leg behind you, keeping your hips level. Hold for five seconds then return to the kneeling position. Lift and extend the other leg for five seconds then return your leg. Once you feel stable and comfortable performing this exercise, you can also lift and extend the opposite arm at the same time as the leg, still keeping your back straight. (Section B)
  • Lower your body so that you are lying on your stomach with your upper body propped up by your elbows. Push your hands into the ground so that your upper body begins to rise and you feel your stomach muscles stretching as you arch backwards. Hold for five seconds then return to the original position. (Section C)
  • Repeat the whole exercise several times, and when you are comfortable with it, you can increase the time that you hold the stretches.

Section A

Section B

Section C

When to seek medical care:

If you have back pain and
  • Fever
  • Inability to control bowel and bladder
  • Reduced strength or muscle bulk in one or both legs
  • A feeling of numbness, tingling or weakness in the lower back, buttocks or legs
  • Swelling at the back