The idea that the common back pain, specifically lower back pain, can be a result of our modern lifestyles does make some sense. In general people are sitting more for extended periods of time which contributes to lower activity levels. These factors alone can negatively affect posture which often lead to problems in the synovial joints of the spine, nerves and surrounding muscles which all play their role in causing back pain.
The medical history of any back pain sufferer is an important consideration for the Physiotherapist when understanding how best to help relieve the symptoms. There is not a single most effective approach for all conditions of back pain and in fact sometimes the seemingly sensible treatment only makes the symptoms worse. We wrote about such back pain confusion in a previous article.
Over-reacting to back pain can cause both patient and Physiotherapist to take unnecessary measures and potentially over-treat the condition. The most important factor is intervening early before the pain progresses to a more chronic state. An experienced musculoskeletal Chartered Physiotherapist will be able to suitably educate you on your type of pain, potential causes and other important considerations such as the risks of fear-avoidance behaviour.