The vast majority of doctors and practitioners alike focus on purely the symptoms of lower back pain. They base both their diagnosis and treatment plan purely on what the symptoms are telling them whilst completely overlooking the underlying cause.
This is the main reason why the majority of people who present to their doctor or practitioner with acute back pain, do not respond to treatment and medication and end up going on to be chronic back pain sufferers (defined as having back pain for greater than 3 months).
This is also the main reason why up to 40% of back pain patients who go undergo back surgery recover from surgery feeling no better if not worse than before they went under the knife.
In order to address both the symptoms and the cause of back pain, providing initial pain relief then lasting relief it is important that we look at what needs to be covered in both the diagnosis and the treatment plan.
The symptoms of lower back pain that result in direct pain:
The symptoms of lower back pain that may or may not result in direct pain:
It is important to diagnose which of the above symptoms is causing back pain, however it is imperative that a more holistic view is taken in the diagnosis of what caused the symptoms in the first place.
Typical underlying causes that bring on lower back symptoms.
Therefore the lower back pain diagnosis must cover
In turn the treatment plan must address both the cause and the symptoms of back pain.
By focusing in on both the symptoms and cause of lower back pain, can eliminate repetitive lower back flare ups and give back pain sufferers the confidence to carry out daily actions without the fear of putting their lower back out.