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Non-specific low back pain

Non-specific low back pain treatment

Specific Low Back Pain is often experienced as ‘sudden shooting pain in the back’, which gives a painful and cramped feeling in the back. If back pain persists for more than three months, the pain becomes chronic (Non specific Low Back Pain). The treatment of chronic back pain is different from acute back pain treatment.   

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Common Acute Low Back Pain symptoms

  • Sharp and shooting pain
  • Rigidity
  • Restriction of movement in the lower back
  • Radiating pain (in the buttocks/thighs)
  • Prolonged sitting is painful
  • Not being able to get up


Common Non-Specific Back Pain symptoms

  • Sharp and shooting pain
  • Rigidity
  • Restriction of movement of the back
  • Radiating pain (in the buttocks/thighs)
  • Prolonged sitting is painful
  • Not being able to get up
  • Depressive feelings
  • Fewer and fewer periods without pain


Causes of Acute Low Back Pain

An Acute Low Back Pain attack depends on several factors. When the joint chain of the lower back does not work together properly, this causes Low Back Pain (lumbago). A few examples of risk factors for lumbago include:

  • Overburdened back (work / driving / tension)
  • Moving the (lower) back incorrectly (for a long time)
  • Sudden movement (bending or twisting of the back)
  • Stress
  • Doing untrained heavy work
  • Poor physical condition (passive)
  • Presence of a hernia in the (lower) back


Causes of Non Specific Low Back Pain

Chronic pain can be a consequence of many factors including:

  • Stress
  • Work stress
  • Life events
  • Money issues
  • Bad relationships
  • Mental condition



Treatment for Acute Low Back Pain

Acute Low Back Pain often passes by itself, but that does not solve the cause of the problem. With acute Low Back Pain, it is wise not to seek out the pain, but to keep moving. The real problem is that residual damage remains, which can manifest itself as, among other things, ‘instability’ of the (lower) back or permanent complaints.

Several factors can be the cause of your (acute) back pain. For example, your daily lifestyle with incorrect use of your back can be the cause of your back pain. A back/spine expert will make it clear to you where your complaints come from so that you too can understand what the cause of your back complaints really is. Subsequently, a personal treatment plan will be drawn up that suits you.


Treatment for Non Specific Low Back Pain

Almost all chronic back pain patients have a long treatment history and have already been treated by various care providers (for example, a GP, (manual) physiotherapist, neurologist, psychologist, chiropractor, pain doctor, rheumatologist, etc.).

Many patients are fortunate to find pain relief from a variety of therapies at the care providers mentioned above. However, this is not always the case. When pain relief is not found, then the patient is eligible for holistic rehabilitation. We often see that the quality of life deteriorates drastically as years of back pain progress. Working and exercising are hardly possible because there is too much pain reaction after or during exercise. This has negative consequences for daily life activities. Confidence in one’s own body is affected. In many cases, there is a fear of moving.  The (muscle) condition decreases and the periods without pain become shorter and shorter or even disappear altogether. It is logical that this affects a person’s state of mind. Pain causes a lot of negative energy and social activity becomes limited. A consequence of this is the incomprehension of the family, friends, and relatives that can lead to unpleasant situations. In short, the pain becomes central and the world around it grows smaller and smaller. We speak of a vicious circle that must be broken.

The treatment of chronic pain consists of the bio-psycho-social model. This approach not only considers the back but also takes into account the social and psychological conditions.


Exercise Therapy for Non Specific Low Back Pain

The David treatment is, among other things, aimed at reducing muscle tension, reducing pain, giving tips/advice regarding your posture, and rebalancing (strengthening and stabilizing) your back.

  • Reducing muscle tension
  • Reducing pain
  • Increasing mobility
  • Learning correct posture
  • Increasing strength and stability in the back (Exercise Therapy)
  • Advice on how to deal with the pain

Patient Experiences

DAVID Exercise Therapy has treated more than a million people with back pain in more than 40 countries over the last 30 years. Read the patient experiences on our blog page.

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