Low back pain is a frequent occurrence in today’s society, with over 80% of Australians experiencing significant back pain in their lifetime. The lumbar spine is located in the lower region of your back. It is responsible for bearing weight of your body, torso range of motion and protects your spinal cord. When this area is damaged, it has the potential to significantly impact your daily movement and nervous system.
While some back pain can be a result of poor posture and alignment, trauma is one of the leading causes of lumbar spine injuries. That’s why, protecting the back and lumbar spine in sports, is vital.
In high-contact sports such as rugby league, there’s a large amount of physical force used during tackles. When performed correctly, a tackle should be below the shoulders and above the knees. However, when illegal tackles and manoeuvres are made outside of these areas, it can significantly increase the risk of spinal injuries.
As Penrith Panthers Co-captain Nathan Clearly was recently banned for five games due to an illegal tackle, it’s paramount that our local players are educated on the safe techniques and game codes. These codes are enforced to not only protect the body and spinal cord, but also creates a safe environment for players.
However, Lumbar Spine injuries can also appear in non-contact sports such as golf, tennis or cricket with repetitive back extension and rotation. These repetitive movements can cause Lumbar stress fractures to appear and may become a greater issue, if not effectively treated.
At Progressive Physio, our team of highly qualified sports and spinal physiotherapists are experienced in effectively treating Lumbar Spine and low back injuries. Through the implementation of a personalised treatment program, we focus on hands-on physiotherapy, core strengthening, and targeted exercises to improve muscle flexibility to take reliance off the back.
If you have recently injured your back during sport, don’t wait for the issue to worsen. Get effective treatment from the beginning and contact your local physio to book an appointment.