Back Pain Treatment

Lower back pain is the probably the most common cause of disability worldwide

Back pain is responsible for an astonishing number of consultations to the doctor and hospital emergency room every year. It is also one of the most common causes of absence from work, consequently having a real cost to an individual, the economy and to society at large.

Back Pain Symptoms

Pain experienced anywhere across the back and lower back, that is from the top of the shoulder blades right through to the top of the legs, can be considered back pain. It can be central, on the side, on both sides, or any combination of these. Like neck pain, the severity can vary from mild inconvenience, all the way through to disabling intense pain. Acute back pain is not an uncommon reason for people to present to the emergency room or for an ambulance call.

Back Pain Causes

There are a multitude of causes of back pain. It can come from any structure within the back, and can also be referred to the back from other issues. As with neck pain, we can also differentiate back pain based on whether it was traumatic in origin or if it has come about slowly over time. Many acute back injuries come about through lifting injuries, from heavy items like weights in the gym or building site, as well as light weight items like cleaning up clothes and children’s toys. Some of our patients have even put their back out by picking up a piece of paper. These injuries probably represent cumulative processes which wear down the resources of the back over time. Insidious injuries are similar, where a repeated activity or posture, slowly causes strain on the back over time.

Back Pain Risk Factors

There are a multitude of risk factors for back pain. Some of the most common are repetitive actions or tasks, long sedentary positions like sitting, and a lack of exercise. Back pain is more common as you age. It is also more common in smokers. Previous injuries to the back can also increase the chance of having back pain in the future.

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How our practitioners help

Osteopath 

  • Relieve stiffness from disc issues
  • Improve muscular coordination for prevention of future episodes
  • Reduce pain

Massage

  • Soften tight, tense and painful muscles
  • Reduce pain
  • Manage ongoing stress in your back

Living with back pain, stiffness or less mobility?

Our osteopaths can help