How to treat lower back pain

Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common injuries we see in the clinic with the phrase “I’ve hurt my back and can’t put my shoes/socks on” being heard quite often. The good news is, treating lower back pain is our speciality. 

Who gets lower back pain?

Anyone can get lower back pain; it isn’t a condition that is limited to anyone group of people. Risk factors for getting it include; occupational posture, depressive moods, obesity, body height and age. The most common age to get it is between 35 and 55 years old, and it’s estimated that around 70% of people will experience lower back pain in their lifetime.

Types of lower back pain

Back pain can present in a range of ways, from sharp pinpoint pain at the side of the spine to a band pain coming around the lower back, some dull ache pain that’s difficult to locate, grabbing pain when moving and also pain radiating into the glutes and leg. All of these come under the term lower back pain

What structure causes lower back pain?

It’s hard to determine straight away, there is a range of tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, fascia and nerves that can be causing lower back pain. Usually the type of pain (above) will match a structure or condition that is causing pain

How can Osteopathy help with lower back pain?

One of the Osteopathic principles is that “Structure and Function are related” therefore, Osteopathy treatment is aimed at increasing the range of motion at an injured site and this will in turn decrease the associated pain, this is achieved by decreasing the tension in tight muscles, mobilising joints, manipulating (cracking) joints, and stretching

What should I expect from a treatment?

If it is your first time getting a treatment then you will be asked to fill in a patient questionnaire which is about general health and sign a privacy and consent form on the back. You can find out more about osteopathy here

We will then take a thorough case history so we can learn about the pain you are experiencing and piece together a broad picture of what’s happening.

Then we will do an examination, this involves doing certain movements to see how the body is functioning as well as Orthopaedic/provocative test to stress the body to see if the pain can be reproduced, this is a good thing as it can indicate what structure is causing pain.

We will then move onto treatment and use a range of techniques to help fix the body and restore it back to health. Talking you through the whole process and getting feedback from you, you can ask as many and any question you like about what’s happening and stop some techniques if it gets too uncomfortable/sore.

To finish off we will reassess the pain you have to see if it has decreased after treatment, explain to you if you need another appointment or not, give you stretches and exercises you can do at home or work to help yourself and any other advice the is relevant (using heat packs vs ice packs, adjusting computer screens, posture corrections).

Book in online or give us a call if you suffer lower back pain.

Osteo, Dr Daniel Puglia.


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