Pain in the Back

If back pain stops you from your day to day activity, it can be very frustrating. Fortunately, for most people, back pain will go away without treatment within 24 to 48 hours. Conservative management of back pain include ice if it is sharp, heat if it is tight, do both if you are in doubt. If your back pain is unrelenting and is combined with any other alarming symptoms, consult a physician. For intermittent or dull ache back pain lasting greater than 7 days, consult a physiotherapist. If you have any questions, contact our team at 

Back Self-Assessment

Back Pain Self-Management

  • What ‘To Do’ With Acute Back Pain
  • What ‘Not To Do’ With Acute Back Pain

Back Information and Brochure

Back Video

Back Exercise Programs

Saskatchewan Back Protocols

Specific Back Exercise

Physiotherapy Low Back Treatment

  1. Assessment, Diagnosis
  2. Follow-up Physical
  3. Treatment Recommendations
    • Active Physiotherapy Care
    • Interdisciplinary Care
    • Medical Management
  4. Risk versus Benefit
  5. Rehabilitation Process
    • Step 1 – Establish Restorative Sleep
    • Step 2 – Stress Management
    • Step 3 – Pain Control
    • Step 4 – Mobility
    • Step 5 – Stability
    • Step 6 – Function 
  6. Homework
  7. Re-Assessment

Conservative Treatment Options

  1. Medication
  2. Corrective Exercise
  3. Myofascial Release Technique (MRT), Active Release (ART)
  4. Instrument Assisted Device (ISTM), Graston Technique
  5. Manual Therapy (Ref: Wikipedia)
  6. Pain Release Phenomenon (Ref: B. Mulligan)
  7. Therapeutic Ultrasound (Ref: T Watson)
  8. TENS (Ref: T Watson)
  9. Interferential Therapy (Ref: T Watson)
  10. Combination Therapy (Ref: T Watson)
  11. Biofeedback (Ref: T Watson)
  12. Low Level Laser Therapy – LLLT (Ref: Wikipedia)

Medical Techniques for Back Pain

Clinical Research

  • Physiotherapy Studies

Case Studies

  • Mr Jones

Consulting a Professional

  1. Physician
  2. Physiotherapist
  3. Massage Therapist
  4. Chiropractor

Calgary Community Resources


If Neck Pain limits your activities, early intervention is strongly recommended. Consult a physician and educate yourself about your condition. If you are still uncertain about your Neck pain, contact our team.