Low back pain is one of the most common injuries a person can experience during their lifetime. Roughly 80% of people will experience low back pain at least once in their life. The vast majority of people (up to 90%) who experience low back pain will recover. However, the likelihood of recurrence is increased.
Following certain injuries or procedures it is important to undergo a period of immobilisation to ensure proper healing of the affected structures.
You could be stuck in a cast, boot, splint or brace for weeks or even months. During this period of immobilisation, everything is healing steadily but the unfortunate consequence is loss of range of motion and reduced muscle strength.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created huge repercussions across the world and changed our way of life drastically. No one alive today has experienced anything like the restrictions we have experienced and there are many unknowns of how such long periods of shutdowns will affect both our physical and mental health. NSW in particular will be coming out of a 4-month hard lockdown with restrictions on gyms and outdoor recreation to lift and eventually the return of competitive sport (possibly next year). There is light at the end of the tunnel! But as sport physiotherapists, we cannot help but wonder how this will affect injury rates.