You’re invited to browse our catalogue of articles describing common back injuries and how we treat them – from lower back injuries like a slipped disc to muscle tears. Injuries can be caused by damage to muscles, ligaments, nerves, bones or joints. Below are links to articles explaining the different types of structures in your back and the injuries related to them. We’ve also included tips on how to tend to your injury at home!
Most injuries don’t happen in isolation. In most cases, we find 2 to 3 structures at the root of a problem. It’s also common to find more than one injury. To illustrate an example: With a slipped disc we typically find 3 sprained ligaments, 5 groups of injured muscles, as well as 2 tendon injuries.
Your back is made up of many different structures that can cause you pain if they’re damaged or injured e.g. muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, discs, joints, and vertebrae (bones). Irritation, damage or injury to these structures may start with slight discomfort but can progress to cause severe pain. If left untreated, an injury can result in severe dysfunction and disability.
When diagnosing patient problems, we determine the main area which has been damaged and focus our treatment on that. The general progression of problems stems from these underlying structures (generally in this order): 1) Nerves 2) Bones 3) Joints 4) Discs 5) Ligaments 6) Tendons 7) Muscles