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Back Injuries and Back Pain

Anatomy of the Back Suffering from back pain? Find out more about the causes, symptoms and treatments for back related injuries. Plus, find a range of back supports and braces and products to assist in alleviating back pain. Back pain is a common problem that will affect up to 80% of all people at some stage during their life. The main causes vary between accidents, muscle & ligament strains, sporting injuries, arthritis and structural problems. In many cases these can be treated with rest, rehabilitation, exercise, medication, back supports and braces or massage therapy.

Common Types of Back Injuries

Causes of Back Pain

Whilst there is no specific category of people who suffer from back pain, hard physical work, lifting, static working postures and vibration are some of the factors that can contribute to it.

A few common causes of back pain are:

  • Sports Injuries - these can include fractures, muscle ruptures, inflammation of muscle attachments or low back pain (lumbago)
  • Sciatica - pain radiates from the lower back down one leg or the other due to a slipped disc, which exerts pressure on the sciatic nerve
  • Arthritis - Ankylosing Spondylitis and Osteoarthritis are the different types of arthritis associated with back pain
  • Structural Problems - incorrect posture, osteoporosis and scoliosis (curvature of the spine) can cause back pain by placing additional strain on the spine
  • Back Muscle and Ligament Strain - can occur as a result of heavy lifting, turning rapidly, over stretching or repetitive use

Diagnosing Back Pain

Diagnosis of back pain depends on a number of different factors, which includes evaluation of pain, physical examination, back function and X-ray results. When evaluating back pain, the location of the pain, intensity of the pain and duration of the pain are important to consider. The function of the back should be examined to determine range and pattern of movement, posture, muscle tone and control. If you are suffering from a back complaint, a full history of back pain should be provided to your medical professional in order to assist with diagnosis and recommended treatment plan. The best course of action would be to consult with your medical professional for a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.

Treatment of Back Pain

There are a number of different treatment options for back pain, which can include rest, rehabilitation, exercise, medication, massage, therapy, back support products or surgery in extreme cases.

Recommended Back Supports and Braces:

Supports and Braces are used to assist with recovery, prevention and pain management of soft tissue injuries and joint pain. Our range of back supports provides compression, support, comfort and heat therapy during varying levels of activity. Under the direction of your medical professional and in conjunction with your advised treatment plan, the following Thermoskin back supports are recommended:
  • Thermoskin Lumbar Support - provides protection, heat, compression and support to muscle injuries and general lower back dysfunctions. This product has 2 flexible internal stays for additional support and adjustable side straps for extra compression
  • Thermoskin Back - provides protection, heat and mild support to muscle injuries and general lower back dysfunctions
  • Thermoskin Elastic Back Stabiliser - provides compression and support for general lower back dysfunctions. There are 4 internal stays for additional support, adjustable elastic side straps for extra compression and contains a lightweight breathable mesh knit for ventilation

Browse recommended products:

Thermoskin Lumbar Support Belt | Lower Back Brace Thermoskin Lumbar Support - with stabilisers

Provides enhanced heat therapy and adjustable support for acute and chronic lower back injuries.

Price: $79.83
adjustable back stabiliser Thermoskin Adjustable Back Stabiliser

The Thermoskin Adjustable Back Stabiliser provides compression and support for general lower back dysfunctions.

Price: $61.44
Jar of massage cream Premax Original 400g

Compliments deep tissue and myofascial massage techniques.

Price: $28.50 inc. GST
premax general massage cream Premax Essential 400g

Medium resistance massage product.

Price: $31.10 inc. GST
Premax massage lotion 1l Premax Massage Lotion 1L

High quality, versatile massage lotion.

Price: $27.95 inc. GST
Ares Kinesio Strapping Tape Ares Kinesio Tape - Black - 5cm x 5m

Available in a range of colours, discover the many benefits of the Ares kinesio tape range.

Price: $18.48 inc. GST
Blue kinesio tape Ares Kinesio Tape - Blue - 5cm x 5m

May enhance performance by aiding the rehabilitation from sports-related injuries, such as shin splints.

Price: $18.48 inc. GST
Kinesio tape roll Ares Kinesio Tape - Beige - 5cm x 5m

Ares Kinesio Tape offers a gentle but effective approach to the management of muscle and joint pain and shin splints

Price: $18.48 inc. GST
anti flamme muscle cream Anti-Flamme Herbal Crème 90g

Symptomatic relief of sore or strained muscles, aching joints and more. 90g

Price: $17.99 inc. GST
Anti-Flamme Muscle Cream 450g Anti-Flamme Herbal Crème 450g

Symptomatic relief of sore or strained muscles, aching joints and more. 450g

Price: $44.99 inc. GST
trigger point foam roller Multi-Function Muscle Massage Roller (13 x 30cm)

Trigger Point Foam Roller provides a thorough massage for muscles.

Price: $24.95 inc. GST
small eva foam roller Marble Foam Balance Roller (15 x 30cm)

Small, portable foam roller. Can be used for yoga, pilates and physiotherapy.

Price: $19.95 inc. GST
EVA foam roller - 90cm Marble Foam Balance Roller (15 x 90cm)

A useful balance training tool for pilates, yoga, massage therapy and more.

Price: $39.95 inc. GST
red exercise ball Anti-Burst Fitness Balls (55cm) Red

55cm red fitness ball. Perfect for exercise, physiotherapy and as a replacement chair

Price: $19.95 inc. GST
Blue Fitness Ball 65cm Anti-Burst Fitness Balls (65cm) Blue

65cm blue fitness ball. Perfect for exercise, physiotherapy and as a replacement chair

Price: $21.95 inc. GST
silver exercise ball Anti-Burst Fitness Balls (75cm) Silver

75cm silver fitness ball. Perfect for exercise, physiotherapy and as a replacement chair

Price: $26.95 inc. GST
spiky massage ball Spiky Massage Ball with Hard Core (10cm)

Spiky Massage Ball designed to simulate the effects of a sports massage.

Price: $9.90 inc. GST
Flexeze Heat Patches - 50 Pack for Professionals FLEXEZE HEAT PATCHES (50 PACK)

Perfect for relief of back pain or arthritic pain associated with muscular spasm and joint stiffness.

Price: $99.95 inc. GST
Mini Massage Ball Mini Massage Ball – Soft

Mini Massage Ball designed for self massage to relieve tension

Price: $7.65 inc. GST
trigger point balls Trigger Point Balls - Set of 3

Trigger Point Massage balls for a gentle stimulating massage

Price: $20.85 inc. GST
Back brace support Thermoskin Back Brace

Adjustable, lightweight and discreet support for lower back injuries and lumbar conditions

Price: $77.70 inc. GST
Anti-Flamme Professional Massage Lotion 500g Anti-Flamme Professional Herbal Massage Lotion 500g

Assists to relieve the aches and pains of professional sportspeople and athletes. 500g

Price: $49.95 inc. GST