Low back pain (LBP) is very common and reported by 80% of people at some time in their life but a lot of people just live with the pain. Many a times, LBP is not serious and will usually get better with rest and movement. For everyday causes of lower back pain, standard at-home pain management is a reasonable approach. In fact, most cases of lower back pain are caused by a muscle strain and will get better relatively quickly.
However, it may be serious, if you are suffering with chronic and repeated pain, pins & needles, numbness, referred pain, extreme pain, headaches, problems with speech, vision or hearing.
At the time of your video consultation your physiotherapist shall understand your pain history, lifestyle and ask related questions. Close attention to history is critical in planning a treatment program for Back Pain. You may be asked to perform certain movements on video and report the outcomes. After the assessment and examination, the physiotherapist shall prepare a treatment program for you.
In case your condition is severe, we would advise you to visit a physiotherapist or a physician/ orthopedic in person.
The treatment program for you shall be personalised based on your history, symptoms and examination. The goals of the treatment are reduction of pain, healing and return to function and daily activities. Physiotherapy is one of the most effective treatment for back pain.
The treatment program would usually involve hot packs (or ice packs) and prescriptive exercises to deliver the desired goals. You shall receive an online exercise prescription which shall be followed by an online video demonstration by your doctor. Some of your exercise sessions shall be supervised by your doctor to ensure that you have understood the exercises well and are doing them with correct form.
Your doctor will continue the follow up with you through emails and video calls to assist you in achieving the goals of the treatment program. You would have regular assessment of your progress and the treatment program shall be revised as required.