Why Do You Get Recurring Back Pain?


Article by John Miller

What Causes Recurring Back Pain?

If you suffer back pain, you’ll know that it has a nasty habit of returning. Not only is it painful, but it can interfere with your work, sport or just everyday life.


Acute back pain usually settles with conventional spinal treatment. However, the recurrence rate is too high. There’s an 84% chance of recurrence within one year! (Hides et al. 2001)

Why Does My Back Pain Come and Go?

Researchers discovered that a couple of deep muscles in your abdomen and lower back need to contract to support your spine. You’re much less likely to suffer back pain when they work correctly. The bad news is that these muscles turn off every time you suffer back pain and don’t automatically turn on again. This muscle inhibition leaves your back at risk of injury.

The chance of lower back pain (LBP) recurrence within one year reduces significantly. However, the good news is that you can quickly retrain these deep muscles in your abdomen and lower back. The most effective retraining method is via real-time ultrasound.

For more information, please get in touch with your PhysioWorks physiotherapist.

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