How To Know When Your Back Pain Needs a Physio

May 16, 2020

When do I need to see a Physio With My Back Pain?

Its a common question we get asked at the clinic. Usually a patient is having treatment for perhaps a knee or shoulder problem and they mention that their partner / relative / workmate has been having trouble with their back and they wonder whether they should come in to the clinic for our expert help.

It’s usually pretty easy to advise whether it will likely get better on its own with self care, or whether more help will be needed.

If you’re wondering whether yourself or someone you know might need to see us at the clinic, I’ve created a check list below that will give you the answer.

 Tim's Top Tip

Back Pain is the commonest problem we see in the clinic. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle seems to be making things worse, which means Physiotherapy Exercises are nearly always an essential part of treatment.


If you answer YES to any of the following questions we recommend you come and see one of our highly experienced physiotherapists for a thorough assessment so that we can advise how we can help you reduce your pain, increase mobility and increase the strength in your back.

  1. I have pain that spreads into my buttocks and/or legs
  2. I get pins and needles, numbness or funny sensations in one or both legs
  3. I have difficulty sitting or standing for long periods due to my back pain
  4. Even simple exercises make my back pain worse
  5. I’ve had back pain for more than two weeks and it’s not getting better
  6. I’ve only had my back pain for a few days but it’s so severe I can’t go to work / drive or struggle to do any of my normal activities
  7. I avoid certain activities because I’m worried they will make by back pain worse.
  8. My GP told me to rest my back but it’s not getting any better and if anything I’m just feeling stiffer
  9. My back pain is stopping me from sleeping
  10. I really want to know whats going on and why I’m in pain and I really need to know what I can do to help myself.
  11. I’ve tried some exercises that I found on youtube and they’ve just made me worse

If, you’ve answered yes to any of these questions it’s maybe time you got some expert help to help you take control of your back pain and get back to doing the things you love.