Lower back pain is 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 significant cost to an individual, the economy and to society at large.
Our professional Osteopaths are highly trained in diagnosis and treatment of all types of back pain, from acute back spasm, to disc injury, sciatica and more.
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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. It can refer down the leg (sciatica) and can cause nerve compression. The severity of pain 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. Morning stiffness is an especially common indicator your back is under strain.
Back pain causes
There are a multitude of causes of back pain, coming 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 lightweight 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 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 increasing strain on the back over time.
Back pain risk factors
There are a multitude of risk factors for back pain:
- Repetitive actions or tasks
- Long sedentary positions like sitting, and a lack of exercise
- Previous injuries to the back.
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Back Pain can cause intense disability, difficulty walking, sitting, standing and even rolling over.
We can provide strategies that help with immediate pain relief and stabilisation for spasming backs and rehabilitation exercises for recurring issues.
How our practitioners help
- Relieve stiffness from disc issues
- Improve muscular coordination for prevention of future episodes
- Reduce pain
- Soften tight, tense and painful muscles
- Reduce pain
- Manage ongoing stress in your back