What's Your Core Stability Score?

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How Good is Your Core Stability?

Research clearly shows that core stability retraining has short and long-term benefits for low back pain sufferers. The good news is that we also know that core stability training markedly reduces your chances of re-injury

Research on lower back pain sufferers has shown us that if you can re-activate your core stability muscles your chance of recurring back pain is dramatically reduced.

In fact, your chances of not experiencing another bout of low back pain (LBP) within twelve months are almost three times better if you have undertaken an ultrasound guided exercise program; 84% vs 30%.

After three years you still have a two in three chance of not experiencing low back pain if you did the exercises. Adding even more research support, if you didn’t do the exercises, you only have a one in four chance of being pain-free. You’re still over twice as likely to not experience another episode of back pain. Hides etal (2001).

PhysioWorks physiotherapists have expert knowledge in the training of core stability muscles. The difficulty has always been how to quantify a patient’s level of stability control. That is, until now.

The solution has been to develop a functional and clinically practical method of assessing your level of core stability and at what level it fails to cope when their individual demands are placed upon their body. That is, what is the individual client’s functional Back Stability Score (BSS)?

How Do We Assess Your Core Stability?

Your PhysioWorks physiotherapist will subjectively assess you to determine your current symptoms, pathology and functional requirement. Then, they'll physically test you to assess your back stability based your ability to activate your core control muscles (transversus abdominis, multifidus and gluteus medius). 

If you can isolate these muscles, we are then able to further test when your core stability muscles lose control of your spine, become inhibited or fatigue. This assists us to determine what tasks make your vulnerable to back pain or injury.

What Happens after Your Core Stability Score is Determined?

Based on your functional needs, your treatment is directed towards your specific areas of weakness. The end result is a much stronger, stable and pain-free back. If you would like know your Back Stability Score please contact PhysioWorks.


What are the Benefits of the Functional Back Stability Score?

For Patients

  • You have a quantitative guide to your functional goals
  • You have a current status score. Progress is measurable.
  • You are able to progress quickly through the BSS levels to maintain motivation and self-esteem
  • Individualised Treatment. Different retraining options depending upon desired outcomes.
  • You are able to self manage in long-term
  • Your goals are functional (task related) rather than simply a strength score.
  • Quantitative Feedback forYou, Your Health Practitioners and Insurers.
  • Step by step achievable goals and sensible steady exercise and treatment progressions.
  • You'll be educated early how to prevent future injuries.
  • You'll be introduced to ergonomics and understand the best postures for you
  • You will prevent future bouts or at least minimise their severity
  • It's a research-backed solution.
  • It's perfect for all ages and physical ability.
  • Their is a clear path for progression.
  • Your exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home without expensive gym equipment or membership
  • You'll have a personalised professional guidance for assessment, reassessments and progressions.
  • You'll be pain-free ASAP

For Clinicians & Insurers

  • It's a clear measure of your functional capacity
  • It allows better judgments on patient directions eg return to work
  • It offer better individualised adviceand treatment
  • It reduces jargon through measurable standardisation
  • It's a functional measure that can be related to other outcome measures such as Oswestry Disability Score
  • There is clinically relevant correlation between Subjective and Objective findings
  • It reduces malingering.

What Conditions Does the Back Stability Program Improve?

  • Spinal Pain
  • Spinal Posture
  • Pelvic floor function
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Degenrative Disc Disease
  • Poor Balance or Fall History

What Doesn't It Do?

  • Rely entirely on passive modalities eg manipulation, massage

Does Everyone Need to Score 15 out of 15?

Definitley not. That's the beauty of this program. it's specifically targeted at you and your life's requirements.

For example, a sedentary elderly person may only require a BSS of three to safely cope with their everyday activities.  A manual worker who changes bus tyres all day may require BSS of twelve to safely cope with their work duties.

Not sure if this program is suitable for you, please contact PhysioWorks for specific advice.

Core Stability FAQs

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What Causes Back Pain?
  • What is Pain?
  • Physiotherapy & Exercise
  • Massage Styles and their Benefits
  • What Causes Post-Exercise Muscular Pain?
  • What are the Best Core Exercises?
  • Can Kinesiology Taping Reduce Your Swelling and Bruising?
  • Chest Pain: Is it a Heart Attack or Your Spine?
  • Does Smoking or Diabetes Cause Lower Back Pain?
  • Heat Packs. Why Does Heat Feel So Good?
  • How Do You Prevent Back Pain?
  • How Does an Exercise Ball Help Back Pain?
  • How to Achieve the Best Standing Posture
  • Lower Back Pain Research
  • Posture Trainer? Check out the BackTone 4000
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
  • What are Growing Pains?
  • What are the Benefits of a Standing Desk?
  • What are the Benefits of Good Posture?
  • What are the Common Adolescent Spinal Injuries?
  • What are the Common Massage Therapy Techniques?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What are the Healthiest Sleeping Postures?
  • What are the Signs of an Unsupportive Pillow?
  • What are the Symptoms of a Low Back Strain?
  • What Can You Do To Help Arthritis?
  • What Causes Pins and Needles?
  • What Causes Repeat Low Back Strains & Sprains?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Good Standing Posture?
  • What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
  • What is the Correct Way to Sit?
  • What to do when you suffer back pain?
  • What to expect when you visit PhysioWorks?
  • What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
  • What's Your Core Stability Score?
  • When Should You Use a Shoulder Posture Brace?
  • Why are Sprains and Strains of the Low Back Common?
  • Why are Your Deep Core Muscles Important?
  • Why does Back Pain Recur?
  • Why Kinesiology Tape Helps Reduce Swelling and Bruising Quicker
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy FAQs

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What are the Best Core Exercises?
  • How Successful is Ultrasound Physiotherapy?
  • Is Ultrasound Retraining the Whole Cure?
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy Clinics
  • What Can Be Helped By Ultrasound Physiotherapy?
  • What is the Latest Research on Ultrasound Retraining?
  • What's the Link Between Pilates and Core Stability?
  • What's Your Core Stability Score?
  • Which are the Deep Core Stability Muscles?
  • Core Stability Treatment

  • Bed Rest
  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Core Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Ergonomics
  • Orthotics
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Brace or Support
  • Dry Needling
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Neurodynamics
  • Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM)
  • Prehabilitation
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy Clinics

    To make your booking, please contact one of the following PhysioWorks clinics that provide Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy programs. 

    Ashgrove Physio

    Phone: 3366 4221

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    Clayfield Physio

    Phone: 3862 4544

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    Sandgate Physio

    Phone: 3269 1122

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    Last updated 17-Mar-2019 01:56 PM

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