Approximately 90% of us will experience back pain, neck pain or headaches in our life time. However, when the pain is severe or lasting longer than a week, it may be necessary to see a physiotherapist.
Spinal pain can occur for many reasons:
Spinal problems can refer into the arms and legs and can cause headaches. Referred pain into the leg is often referred to as “sciatica”. Spinal conditions can also refer pins and needles, numbness or weakness into the limbs. If this happens, one should always consult a health professional (a medical doctor or a physiotherapist)
One of the main causes of headaches is cervical in origin (i.e. referred from the neck) The problem often occurs in office workers as a result of poor posture, long periods of sitting, poor ergonomics and stress.
A physiotherapist will perform a detailed assessment to establish the cause of the symptoms of spinal pain in order to address the problem. If necessary, your physiotherapist can refer you for X-rays or refer you to a specialist (i.e. an orthopaedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon) if further investigation is needed
Physiotherapy is aimed at treating the cause of the problem as well as giving pain relief. Physiotherapy would include joint and soft tissue mobilisation, adjustments, dry needling and various modalities to restore quality of movement and function and alleviate pain. Liesl adopts a very” hands on” approach as she believes this results in better outcomes.
Part of the role of a physiotherapist is to educate the patient about their bodies and their particular condition. This includes education regarding posture, establishing good habits, pain relief and exercise therapy