Lower Back Pain

Articles researched and written by Sally Ann Quirke, a fully qualified professional chartered Physiotherapist based in Ireland.

Symptoms and Treatment of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain will affect up to 80% of us at some stage in our lives, and takes up a lot of my daily work in my own physiotherapy practice.

Generally, treating lower back pain is quite straightforward in theory: it requires elimination of the cause, followed by strengthening exercises that reduce the risk of re-occurrence. However, in practice, each case has to be examined on an individual basis - correct initial diagnosis is key.

This section of the website provides some articles on the various symptoms, causes and treatments of Lower Back Pain that we typically see.

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Causes of Lower Back Pain »

Causes of Lower Back Pain

Here we have a look at some of the more common causes of lower back pain (road traffic accident, poor lifting technique, poor posture) - and then an approach to repair the damaged structures through mobilisation, stretching and posture correction.

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Low Back Pain Exercises »

Low back pain exercises

Lower back pain exercises need to be specific to your condition - otherwise injury may result - and are a necessity for the long term resolution of your symptoms.

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Lower Back and Groin Pain »

Lower Back and Groin Pain

Lower back pain is often associated with groin pain. This article identifies four main reasons as to why back pain and groin pain are linked, and where treatment needs to be directed to provide pain relief.

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Lower Back Stretches - some basic tips »

Lower Back Stretches

I frequently see with my own clients that our lower backs are often forgotten about when it comes to conscious stretching. Most of us are aware that we have to stretch the muscles of our legs and arms if we…

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Lower Right vs Left Back Pain »

Lower Back Pain in the side

One sided lower back pain (either the left or right side) is very common. This is due to repetitive movements favouring one side of your body as well as poor postural habits. About 80% of the one-sided back pain clients…

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Lumbar Lordosis »

Lumbar Lordosis - lordotic curve

Sometimes your lumbar lordosis may be out of alignment. However this does not always mean that you will have or get back pain, but it does require a Chartered Physiotherapist’’s opinion in my view.

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Symptoms of Lower Back Pain »

What are the symptoms of Lower Back Pain? Here we describe some of the symptoms which can help lead to diagnosing the underlying cause.

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While the content and materials contained in the articles on this website have been written & researched by Sally Ann Quirke, a professional, practising & fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapist (Physical Therapist) based in Ireland, they are provided for general information and educational purposes only. They do not constitute medical advice on any particular individual situation. Please see your Chartered Physiotherapist or other medical practitioner for full and individual consultation.

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