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Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis and a Herniated Disc are frequent causes of back pain. Symptoms consist of back ache, back muscle spasm, a stiff back, and referred pain to the buttocks, hamstrings, calf or foot. Back pain and back injuries are habitually caused by poor posture. Physiotherapy treatment and advice is really effective in the treatment and prevention of these back issues.

Sciatica is also known as 'Sciatic Radiculopathy' and is characterised by pain, altered sensation and muscle weakness in the course of the Sciatic nerve. Sciatica may be accompanied by pain, although in some cases this will not be present. Physiotherapy treatment is extremely successful in most cases of Sciatica. Postural advice and physiotherapy back exercises to improve spinal stability are central to the physiotherapy treatment of Sciatica and these treatment strategies are described in our content section at the bottom of this page.

The majority of back pain is due to poor posture and overuse during work related activities. Poor sitting support for the back while at a computer workstation can lead to back ache and contribute to conditions such as Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Disc and Facet Syndrome. Many people seek private physiotherapy treatment for these painful back conditions, which involves joint mobilisation and manipulation, massage, exercise therapy and advice on how to treat your own back pain.

Condition Common Signs & Symptoms
Pain Swelling Stiffness Weakness Instability Locking
Facet Syndrome
(Zygoapophyseal Joint Pain)
Herniated Disc
(Slipped Disc)
Sacro Iliac Joint Dysfunction
(SI Joint Dysfunction)
Note: This is classed as a Pelvis Injury
Side Strain
(Tear of the Oblique Muscles)
Spinal Stenosis    
(Lower Back Stress Fracture)

Expert Back Injury Treatment

Sitting Posture

Avoid Back Pain at the Computer

Senior Physiotherapist T J Salih explains how to avoid back pain when sitting at a computer.

Injury Expert T J Salih

Spondylolysthesis & Pregnancy

Find out how this back condition can cause complications during pregnancy and what you can do.

Expert John Orchard

Hamstring Pain & Back Problems

Dr John Orchard explains how symptoms felt in the Hamstring can be caused by problems in the back.

Common Back Injuries

Back Pain

Sciatica Explained

We explain this painful back injury and what you can do to treat and prevent Sciatica.

Slipped Disc

Herniated Disc Treatment

Read our guide to the prevention and treatment of a Herniated Disc, also known as a Slipped Disc.

Core Strength Exercise

Core Strengthening Exercises

Follow our guide to learn these effective back injury prevention exercises & develop body strength.