Riley Physiotherapists

Riley Physiotherapy, Gillitts, Hillcrest & Kloof practices

Back Pain

Riley Physiotherapy

Gillitts, Kloof & Hillcrest practices

Back Pain

Back pain is a very common condition and it is estimated that approximately 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. The good news is that physiotherapy can be a very effective treatment for back pain”.

Physiotherapy for Back Pain

Physiotherapists are trained to assess and diagnose spinal conditions and develop individualised treatment plans to address the underlying causes of pain and improve overall function. Here are some ways physiotherapists can assist with back pain:

  1. Assessment and diagnosis: Physiotherapists will perform a thorough evaluation of your back pain, taking into consideration your medical history, lifestyle and other factors. This will help them to identify any underlying conditions that may be causing your pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
  2. Pain management: Physiotherapists may use a variety of techniques to manage your pain, including spinal mobilisations, massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, ultrasound, dry needling, electrical stimulations and strapping. They may also teach you pain management strategies to use at home, such as stretching or relaxation techniques.
  3. Exercise therapy: Physiotherapists may prescribe specific exercises to help improve your posture, flexibility, stability and strength, which may help to alleviate back pain and prevent future episodes. They may also provide guidance on ergonomics, training techniques and other lifestyle modifications to reduce strain on your back.
  4. Education: Physiotherapists can provide education on your condition, including how to manage your symptoms, how to prevent future episodes and when to seek medical attention.
  5. Referral to other healthcare professionals: If necessary, physiotherapists may refer you for investigations (like X-rays) or to other healthcare professionals (like neurosurgeons) to ensure you receive the best possible care.

Riley Physiotherapists can play an important role in the management of back pain, helping to alleviate symptoms, reduce the risk of recurrences, improve function and enhance your overall quality of life. Contact us today for an appointment.

Benefits of Physiotherapy for Back Pain

Physiotherapy can offer numerous benefits for people with back pain. Here are some of the benefits of physiotherapy for back pain:

  1. Reduced pain: Physiotherapy can help to reduce pain in the back by addressing the underlying causes of pain, such as muscle weakness or poor posture. Techniques such as spinal mobilisation, massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, dry needling, ultrasound, strapping and electrical stimulation can help to reduce pain in the affected area.
  2. Improved mobility: Back pain can limit your range of motion, making it difficult to perform daily activities. Physiotherapy can help to improve mobility in the back, allowing you to move more freely and perform daily activities with less pain.
  3. Strengthening and flexibility: Physiotherapists can prescribe exercises to strengthen the muscles of the back and ‘core’, improving overall function and reducing the risk of future injury. They can also prescribe stretches to improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension.
  4. Prevention of future episodes: Physiotherapy can help to prevent future episodes of back pain by addressing underlying issues and providing education and advice.
  5. Reduced reliance on medication: While medication can be helpful for managing pain, it can also have side effects and risks. Physiotherapy can offer a non-invasive alternative to medication, reducing reliance on drugs for pain relief.
  6. Improved quality of life: Back pain can have a significant impact on quality of life, making it difficult to perform daily activities and reducing overall well-being. By reducing pain, improving function, and providing education on prevention, physiotherapy can enhance overall quality of life.

When Physiotherapy is advised for Back Pain

Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment option for back pain, but the timing of when to start it will depend on the individual’s specific circumstances. Generally, physiotherapy for back pain should be considered when the pain is persistent and affecting the person’s ability to carry out their daily activities. If the back pain is due to an acute injury or trauma, an immediate consultation to rule out any serious conditions is advised.

Price of Physiotherapy for Back Pain 

The cost of Physiotherapy will vary depending on your condition, what treatment is required and the recommended number of treatment sessions. The type and severity of the injury may also influence the cost; more complex injuries may require more sessions or specialised treatments.

We offer medical aid rates.

Please contact us if you need any further information on pricing.

How we can help

Physiotherapists at our Gillitts, Hillcrest and Kloof practices provide professional, evidence-based physiotherapy for back pain prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

How to Schedule and Appointment


Book an appointment via:

Phone: 031 764 2750  (preferred)
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Book an appointment via:

Phone: 031 764 2750  (preferred)
Link to contact form:


Book an appointment via:

Phone: 031 767 3989  (preferred)
Juli-Ann Riley Physios
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Our Location


The Gillitts Medical Centre, 15 Old Main Rd, Gillitts, 3610. Kwazulu Natal,
South Africa.


Le Domaine Health, Le Domaine Estate, 100 Acutts Drive, Hillcrest, 3610. Kwazula Natal, South Africa.


Juli-Ann Riley Physiotherapists, Femina Health, 75 Old Main Rd, Kloof 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Frequently asked questions about Physiotherapy for Back Pain 

    1. Is my back pain serious?

    Some back pain is related to a more serious pathology (Cancer etc), but the good news is that this accounts for less than 1% of all cases. A physiotherapist will do a thorough assessment, including screening questions and many tests, and will refer you to an appropriate healthcare practitioner if there are possible concerns.

    1. What types of back pain can physiotherapy help with?

    Physiotherapy can be effective in treating a wide range of back pain, including acute and chronic pain, as well as pain caused by conditions such as sciatica/ ”pinched nerves”, herniated discs and spinal stenosis.

    1. How many sessions of physiotherapy will I need for my back pain?

    The number of physiotherapy sessions needed will depend on the severity of your pain and the underlying cause. Your physiotherapist will develop an individualised treatment plan needed to achieve the desired outcome.

    1. Can I still see a physiotherapist if I’ve had back surgery?

    Yes, physiotherapy can be helpful both before and after back surgery to promote healing, manage pain and improve mobility, stability and strength. Your physiotherapist will liaise with your surgeon to develop a treatment plan that is appropriate for your specific needs.


    PLEASE NOTE: This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a health professional consultation. Anyone experiencing a medical condition or requiring physiotherapy should book an appointment with us for a complete assessment.

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    Riley Physiotherapists

    The Gillitts Medical Centre, 15 Old Main Rd, Gillitts, 3610. Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

    TEL031 764 2750


    Juli-Ann Riley Physiotherapists

    Femina Health, 75 Old Main Rd, Kloof 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

    TEL: 031 767 3989



    Le Domaine Health

    Le Domaine Health, 100 Acutts Drive, Hillcrest, 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

    Bookings: 031 355 0030


    All private homes in the upper Highway Nursing homes

    including Rob Roy, Winston Park Rest Home, Waterfall Gardens & Le Domaine Care (and others)

    Bookings: 031 764 2750

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