When we sustain an injury (particularly spinal injuries such as disc bulges or facet pain), the road to recovery process varies significantly for each individual.

Many of us see our GP or other health professional first to help get a diagnosis of what can be causing our pain. More recently, conservative  (non-surgical) treatment is becoming the first line of treatment for many spinal injuries. Conservative treatment is highly evidence-based, proven to be effective, and is overall less risky than surgical options.

However, some individuals can tend to get frustrated with how long the conservative approach can take, particularly if their pain levels don’t improve significantly in the first 1-3 weeks/sessions. Flare ups are also common in the recovery process, which again can be frustrating for the person being treated.

It is very important to remember (for both patients and health practitioners) – the road to recovery is not exactly linear! There can be twists and turns on the way, increases and decreases in pain and symptoms on a week to week basis. What we all should be focusing on is the big picture. Even though someone may have had 6 back pain flare ups over the last 3 months, if their pain has gradually improved over that 3 month period, that is still a success!

It is also important to note that people who have had pain for months to years, will often have to work hard for months to years to fully reduce their pain. However, success can also be measured via a reduction in: frequency of flare ups, duration of flare ups, and intensity of flare ups.

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Author: Will Ryan

Will grew up in Wagga Wagga, NSW, before moving to Albury to study physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University. He has previously worked as a gym attendant and Pool Lifeguard at the Kapooka Army Base near Wagga, and has also had experience in sports training with Jindera and Mangoplah Football Clubs. He is a die-hard Collingwood supporter, currently plays mixed netball and goes waterskiing in the summer. Will has a special interest in the progression from rehabilitating injuries to returning to full function and injury prevention, utilising Strength and Conditioning principles into his programming. Will has completed several courses around this area, including strength and conditioning, spinal and sports physiotherapy courses. He is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

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