Understanding and Managing Back Pain:
A Comprehensive Guide

Living with back pain can be an all-consuming experience. Simple tasks like bending to tie a shoelace, lifting a grocery bag, or even just standing for prolonged periods can become a monumental challenge. 

We at Coeur Physiotherapy, understand the frustration, the helplessness, and anxiety that come with this debilitating condition. Our mission is to help you reclaim your life from the clutches of back pain.

What causes Back Pain?

Back pain can sneak up on anyone, irrespective of age or fitness level.

It’s often a result of our modern, sedentary lifestyles, with long hours spent in front of computers or smartphones causing postural issues.

However, back pain can also be caused by specific physical conditions like herniated discs, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis.

In rare cases, more serious conditions such as tumors or infections could be at play. As such, it’s crucial not to ignore persistent back pain and seek professional help.

Couer Physiotherapy Edmonton Back Pain
Couer Physiotherapy Edmonton Back Pain

Symptoms of Back Pain

Understanding the symptoms is the first step toward addressing back pain. 

Symptoms can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the individual incapacitated. 

Back pain can also manifest as muscle ache, shooting or stabbing pain, pain that radiates down your leg, or even pain that worsens with bending, lifting, standing, or walking. 

If you identify with any of these symptoms, it’s time to take action.

Common Types of Back Pain

Mechanical Low Back Pain

Mechanical Low back pain is the most common type of back pain, often triggered by poor posture, heavy lifting, or sudden awkward movements. It can also result from degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis.

Upper or Middle Back Pain

Pain in your upper or middle back , can result from poor posture, muscle strain, or in rare cases can be associated with other medical conditions your doctor or physiotherapist can investigate.


This type of pain affects the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down to the legs. Sciatica can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in the buttocks and legs.

Spinal Stenosis

This is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine, causing back pain.


This condition occurs when one of the vertebrae in your spine becomes more mobile and creates pressure on the surrounding tissues, causing back pain and stiffness.


A chronic pain disorder causes widespread pain, which can include back pain.

How to Treat Back Pain

At Couer Physiotherapy, we believe in a holistic approach to back pain treatment.

This could involve a combination of physiotherapy, manual therapy, exercise, and advice on lifestyle changes. Pain management and improving mobility are our primary objectives.

Remember, every individual is unique, and so is their experience with back pain. Therefore, your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.

Research recommends..
Our combination of exercises and hands-on treatment can effectively reduce your pain and improve your mobility

This systematic review of randomized controlled trials found that physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for low back pain. The authors concluded that a combination of exercise and manual therapy was the most effective intervention for reducing pain and improving function.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. Physiotherapy aims at treating the root cause of the pain and not just the symptoms, providing long-term relief.

The duration varies from person to person, depending on the severity and cause of the back pain.

Yes, by maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, proper posture, and a balanced diet, you can prevent back pain.

Exercises focusing on core strength and flexibility can help manage and prevent back pain. Your physiotherapist will guide you with specific exercises based on your condition.

While rest can help with acute injuries or pain, long periods of inactivity can make your back pain worse. It’s important to stay as active as possible.

If your back pain is severe, lasts for more than a week, or is accompanied by other symptoms like fever, numbness, or weight loss, you should seek medical help immediately.

Yes, stress can cause tension in your muscles, leading to back pain. Incorporating stress management techniques into your routine can be beneficial.

Your Next Steps

Remember, back pain might be common, but it is not normal. Don’t let it become your normal. 

At Couer Physiotherapy, we’re committed to helping you navigate the path to recovery. Our expert team is equipped to assess your condition, diagnose the root cause of your back pain, and create a personalized treatment plan. 

If you’re struggling with back pain, the best next step is to reach out to us and book an appointment. Let us help you reclaim your life, one step at a time.

Your journey towards a pain-free life can start today. Call us, book an appointment, and let’s start this journey together.

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