LOWER BACK pain: There are many causes of back pain. These include joints in the spine either not moving properly or having moved slightly out of place, osteoarthritis, wear and tear, degeneration of the discs between the bones of the back, a muscle strain, a ligament sprain, trigger points in the ligaments or muscles or both, a slipped disc, or just simply posture. An osteopath can effectively relieve all these conditions, with a combination of osteopathy, trigger point therapy, possibly medical acupuncture, and postural advice and stretching.
A slipped disc is usually extremely painful and needs careful management to avoid it getting worse. Back pain is felt in the lower and sometimes mid back, occasionally radiating to the sides. It is often accompanied by pain, numbness or tingling down the back or outside of the leg. It usually develops hours or days after lifting a heavy object, falling or travelling, however it can come out of the blue. The leg symptoms are caused by an irritated nerve/s in the back. If you think you have a slipped disc, rest, apply ice for 6 minutes 4 times a day to your low back on the painful side and see your GP or myself as soon as possible.
Mid back pain: This is often postural. However it can be caused by a displaced rib or a strained muscle. If it is accompanied by a high temperature and a feeling of being unwell, or difficulty breathing, consult your GP immediately.
Upper back pain: This is usually caused by one of the joints of the upper back either not moving properly or having moved slightly out of place, a muscle strain, a ligament sprain, trigger points in the ligaments or muscles or both. It can also be caused by a displaced rib if one-sided. All these conditions can be effectively treated with osteopathy, trigger point therapy, possibly medical acupuncture, and postural advice and stretching.