Lower Back Pain

Back Pain

By Aaron Woolley, Physiotherapist.

Lower Back Pain (LBP) is an incredibly prevalent condition, expected to impact between 70-90% of the population at some point in their lives. Interestingly, LBP ranks as the 2nd leading cause of disease burden in Australia, with 2 in 5 individuals reporting that back pain moderately interferes with their daily activities.

The causes of back pain can be diverse and multifaceted, encompassing various factors such as disc pathology leading to nerve compression (Sciatica), osteoarthritis, bone issues (e.g., osteoporosis and fractures), connective tissue pain from muscles, scoliosis, and nerve sensitization. This complexity highlights the importance of accurate diagnosis and effective management to address the underlying issues contributing to LBP.

Lower Back Pain Rates


Symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the lower, middle and upper back regions
  • Pain radiating into the glute region, legs and feet
  • Tingling and numbness into the legs/feet
  • Weakness in the legs
  • Cauda equina symptoms, which are rare but very serious (e.g. saddle paraesthesia and bowel and bladder dysfunction)

Dealing with back pain can be highly debilitating, but rest assured that effective treatment options are available. At Robina Physio on the Gold Coast, we employ a comprehensive range of tools to expedite your recovery. Our successful treatments include soft tissue massage, dry needling, and acupuncture, along with supportive taping, heat packs, and a customized exercise program that incorporates both stretching and strengthening components.

When it comes to managing back pain, particularly chronic cases, knowledge becomes a powerful tool. As a crucial aspect of our treatment approach, we provide education and reassurance to empower you on your healing journey.

Thankfully, several modifiable risk factors can significantly reduce the likelihood of experiencing debilitating back pain in your life. Such factors include smoking, physical inactivity, being overweight, and exposure to occupational hazards such as repetitive heavy lifting and prolonged sitting. By addressing these factors, we can work together to minimise the chances of back pain interfering with your well-being.

You might be wondering how all this information translates into relieving your pain. That’s why I’ve included my top three favourite exercises, which offer excellent value and effectiveness in treating lower back pain. These exercises are sure to provide the relief you’re seeking.

  1. Walking: I know it may seem this is to simple to be work, but it’s incredibly effective and even better it’s cheap and easy.
    Walking For Lower Back Pain
  2. Cobra Stretch: For the majority of people this will help relieve disc related back. Only go as far as your feel comfortable. Please note if this make your symptoms worse stop immediately. (Picture from Telehab).
    Cobra Stretch For Lower Back Pain
  3. Glute Bridge: Very effective at starting to build core and glut strength with minimal risk. (Picture from Telehab)
    Glut Bridge For Lower Back Pain

If you need expert assistance managing and recovering from back pain the physiotherapist’s at Robina Physio on the Gold Coast would love to be part of your journey and help. Contact Us on (07)55787233 or BOOK ONLINE.