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Belfast Physiotherapists & Back Pain Specialists
Belfast Back Care and Physiotherapy Centre is a leading physiotherapy centre based on Belfast’s Antrim Road. Our forward thinking clinic combines the latest technology with clinical expertise. We are general physiotherapists and back pain specialists. Our physiotherapists also specialise in sports injuries and massage techniques.
- All physiotherapists are members of the health professions council.
- Belfast Back Care & Physiotherapy centre is a recognised healthcare provider for all major insurance companies.
- We are back pain specialists.
- We will treat patients under their private health plans.
- On site parking available.
Causes of Back Pain
Your back is a complex structure of bones, muscles, nerves and joints. This can often make it difficult to identify the exact cause of the pain. Thankfully, Belfast Back Care has the experience and specialist physiotherapists to identify the symptoms of back pain and carry out a programme of effective treatment.
Most instances of back pain are caused by sprains, strains, minor injuries, sports injuries or a pinched / irritated nerve. Fewer instances are caused by serious damage, disability or disease.
Back pain can be triggered by everyday activities , at home or at work, or it can develop gradually over time as a result of prolonged sitting or standing, poor posture or poor technique. Other causes of back pain include:
- bending awkwardly or for long periods
- lifting carrying, pushing or pulling incorrectly
- slouching in chairs
- driving in a hunched position or driving for long periods without taking a break
- overuse of the muscles usually due to sports or repetitive movements
Sometimes back pain develops suddenly for no apparent reason. Some people just wake up one morning with back pain and have no idea what has caused it.
Back Pain Risk factors
Certain risk factors increase your chances of developing back pain. These include:
- being overweight – the extra weight puts pressure on the spine; you can use the BMI healthy weight calculator to find out if you need to lose weight
- smoking – this may be due to tissue damage in the back caused by smoking or the fact that smokers tend to have unhealthier lifestyles than non-smokers
- being pregnant – the extra weight of carrying a baby can place additional strain on the back
- long-term use of medication known to weaken bones – such as corticosteroids
- stress – stress is thought to cause tension in the back muscles which can result in back pain
- depression – back pain can make people feel depressed, which can sometimes result in weight gain which leads to increased pain and worsening depression
In a small number of cases, back pain is caused by a specific medical condition such as:
- shoulder pain
- frozen shoulder
- ankylosing spondylitis
- slipped disc
Source: NHS Choices
If you are experiencing back pain for any reason, the good news is that it can almost always be treated very effectively. Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your back pain.