Back & Neck pain

What causes lower back pain?

The most common cause of lower back pain comes down to 3 main factors, all of which cause overloading to the lumbar spine.

  1. Repetitive bending and lifting
  2. Excessive sitting
  3. Excessive weight gain

What causes neck pain?

The most common cause of neck pain is usually due to poor neck posture for prolonged periods. Poor posture in general will always affect how your neck supports your head (which in itself weighs approximately 8kg).

So how can I prevent back & neck pain?

A physiotherapist’s role is to first investigate and determine the underlying cause of your pain. Without establishing the reasons for the pain, it will likely return in the future. Therefore a thorough assessment is required before treatment can begin.

To prevent further episodes of back and neck pain you must:

  • be aware of movements which load up your spine incorrectly
  • have good posture e.g. reading, at the office
  • know your limits when it comes to lifting
  • keep fit
  • Speak to a Podiatrist about having good footwear
  • undertake Clinical Pilates to strengthen the muscles supporting the spine

Most people will experience back and neck pain at some time in their lives. Some cases are short-lived, however other cases can become chronic and debilitating.