The spine is a complex region of the body comprising of bone, muscle, nerves, discs, ligaments, and joints that are delicately articulated to each component. The spinal column has varying degrees of flexion, extension, rotation in both directions left or right and is limited by the mere fact of its architecture.
- The diagnoses is of critical importance if the correct rehabilitation programme is to be designed.
- Baseline measurements must be measured during the assessment process, in order to determine possible return to practice or match.
- The improvements of these measurements during the rehabilitation process will reduce the anxiety levels of the player.
- Daily symptoms may fluctuate depending on daily movements or re-injury. The player must bring these changes to the attention of the physiotherapist.
- The physiotherapist must demonstrate to the player simple do’s and do not’s related to sitting, standing and lying down and getting up.
- The Physiotherapists will know the basic movements the sport that the player is involved with, so that first phase rehabilitation could be very specific to the related sport.
- Players who are fit, recover much quicker from lower back pain depending the nature of the injury.
- Mobility, flexibility and range of motion are important components of first phase rehabilitation.
- Second phase rehabilitation will be done by the biokineticists who will then take the player back to full fitness.