Back Pain. Can’t Move well? What would you write to your younger self?

Many of the clients we see  in chronic back  pain have had a worsening of their problem over the prior years.

It may have started as a little niggle that went after a couple of days, and would recur very few months….but it was never debilitating, never a problem, didn’t stop them doing anything apart from ‘being a bit more careful’.

Then gradually they notice the incidences would be a bit more frequent….

The back pain would be happening every month, last a week or more and then settle.. the pain was worse and interfered with their day to day activities… but again they could ‘manage’ – they’d just take it easy for  the week and wait for it to settle.

The time frame dwindled yet further  they now get pretty much a constant low level niggle that they are aware of all the time -…” but its not a big deal, that’s normal right?…”, and every week or so they have a couple of ‘bad days’ that means they really cant do a lot, but if they take it easy and rest and watch what they do they can still work around it.

They’ve now given up sport and activity as its too sore and flares it up, and they struggle to get through the working day as they get fatigued and tired, sleep is now disturbed and they can’t move as easily as they used to.

Pain has taken over.

Now they are more often in ‘a lot of pain’ then they are on low level pain.

They have a problem with their back, they are not sure what, scans show not a  lot, and they don’t know what has happened  or know what to do now.

They know they need to get stronger to support their back , maybe lose a bit of weight, nut they are too sore to exercise and move – anything they try flares everything up.

The cycle continues.

Now work is hard, they canst sit for too long, they cant go out to dinner or the movies as that means taking a while to get moving again, and they cant manage that.

They struggle to play with their kids and get them to activities…. and don’t even want to think about sitting to watch their kids in  sports.

Constant pain is normal, a good day is a rarity, and they are exhausted, yelling at the kids, shirt tempered and wondering what the hell happened.

Sound familiar?

So what now?

Well there is an option. You need to TAKE ACTION and do something.

If treatment or management has helped but is short lived – that’s great – you know something can help, you know you can get improvement – you just haven’t been shown the tools to be able to maintain that improvement.

Know you’ve got weak muscles, or poor posture?

Great – what muscles are working, what muscles are not – you need to find the specifics and get help on working that out – NOT just go and join boot camp –  long standing pain that has been there for years and has caused an issue needs SPECIFIC management form the ground up…most people jump in at too high a level with building the right foundations… that’s why it doesn’t work and your pain gets worse when you try and exercise.

So – my question again is – if this speaks to you…

If you are at the back end of this and in constant pain with it affecting daily life –

What letter would you write to your younger self.

What words of wisdom would you have to say….

And if you are at the front end – with worsening back pain – with no intention of taking action and doing something about it…

What letter would you write to your future self explaining why you didn’t act?

Doctors are their to give you a diagnosis, and advise what you can and cant do.

They may say – you’ve got a disc prolapse, a nerve impinged, whatever it may be. Here’s some pain medication, give up activity / sport because it will aggravate it – come back if there’s no change.

And the cycle goes on.

What people hear is. i have a problem with my disc. I cant do anything. stop moving. End of story.

It shouldn’t be that way.

There’s HEAPS you can do with a back problem. there’s heaps you can do to get stronger. There’s HEAPS you can do to start moving. There;s heaps you can learn to be able to manage your pain instead of it managing you.

You just haven’t learnt it yet. You just don’t know it yet.

Physio’s are the experts in pain, movement, management and getting you moving. we are clinically trained to be able to help you through the acute, and chronic stages and everything in between.

We have been working with people just like you all our careers, and have learnt and amassed a lot of knowledge in our time so we know straight away whether we are gonna be able to help you or not.

In my 25+ years, I know we can make a difference. The thing is whether you believe we can. Whether you are prepared to take that leap of faith, or whether you want to start drafting that letter to your future self explaining why you didn’t.


Call us 9036 8819 – we can make a difference, and so can you – you’ve just got to take action x



About Saree Hewlett (135 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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