Your spinal mobility and health is the key to pain free movement. We can help.
It is estimated that as many as 1/3 of the population suffers from neck pain each year and at least 85% of people will suffer from back pain at some point during their lives. In most cases, our team has found that spinal pain can be treated with conservative (nonsurgical) methods. Problems can be avoided by knowing what causes the pain and what to do to prevent it.
Your spine is a complex system of interlocking working pieces. The bones, or vertebrae, are separated by discs and held together by ligaments and supporting muscles.
The basic unit of the spine consists of two vertebrae and a disc. The disc acts as a shock absorber and it supports and distributes the weight of your body. You cannot slip a disc” or put your back out. A disc may tear (prolapse or rupture) or become thin or bulge with wear and age. Many patients find their back pain is caused by joint or muscle problems.
The two small joints (apophyseal or facet joints) guide the movement in your back. Ligaments bind your vertebrae together and give additional strength to the discs and joints of the back. Muscles produce and control movement of your spine. They are an important source of strength and support for your back.
The spine is very complex and many things can go wrong. Injuries can occur to discs, joints, and ligaments due to acute trauma, poor postural habits, and the accumulation of physical stress on the spine. Problems can occur as a result of arthritis, degenerating discs, muscle tension and muscle weakness.
The complex nature of the spine means that diagnosis of spinal pain requires a comprehensive assessment. In turn, effective spinal therapy treatment requires a Vancouver therapist with an arsenal of tools in their belt. You will find at Burrard Physiotherapy some of the most highly trained and respected physiotherapists in Vancouver who fulfill both these back-pain therapy demands. In addition, our expansive, well equipped gym, private treatment rooms and leading edge technology will ensure you get the results you need.