Classification is key. Different types of low back pain respond different to different types of movement.
Please read this book to better understand low back pain. It’s only 205 pages. It’s not a textbook, but is sufficiently academic and yet easy to understand if you’re not a doctor.
Low back pain, like chest pain, is a symptom - not a diagnosis. Some patients with chest pain are having a heart attack. Some have a broken rib. Others have a thoracic derangement. Others are having a panic attack.
You treat the diagnosis accordingly.
Low back pain can be due to a fracture, an infection, prolonged posture, and many other diagnoses. What I find most often is a diagnosis of low back derangement, which means there’s a joint or joints not moving well. Robin McKenzie figured this out in the 50’s.
The good news? These joint tweaks (which can occur in any joint in the body) are rapidly reversible … with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Hence the title of the book.
There is no treatment for low back pain because low back pain is not a diagnosis. If I rule in a neuromusculoskeletal disorder, I next need to diagnose the problem. Nerve? Muscle? Joint? The treatment depends on the diagnosis causing the low back pain.
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