Back pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint seen by doctors and is a leading cause of disability and lost productivity in Australia. Which is not surprising considering that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives.
What causes low back pain?
Back pain can be variable in nature and range from a dull ache to stabbing, sharp pain with or without severe nerve pain that travels into the leg, also known as sciatica. The back is made up of various muscles, ligaments, discs and bones. The main cause of back pain arises from injury or inflammation to one or more of these structures. Some factors that may increase the risk of developing back problems include age, poor posture and the type of work a person does. Recent studies suggest there may also be a genetic component.
What are some conditions that contribute to back pain?
- Degenerative disc and joint disease
- Bulging or ruptured disc’s
- Spinal nerve root irritation
- Narrowing or stenosis of the spinal canal and inter-vertebral foramen
What is the best approach in managing back pain?
The good news is that many episodes of low back are short acting and will heal with the right care. Back issues tend to become more problematic when the pain lingers and does not naturally resolve. This is when an appropriately trained health professional, such as Osteopath, can help. This is supported by current research that suggests a multi-modal approach that includes manual therapy (Osteopathy) can provide an effective outcome for low back pain.
How can an Osteopath help?
Our practitioners use skilled evaluation, diagnosis and hands on techniques in treating back pain. Osteopaths take a holistic approach, addressing both the cause and the symptoms, whilst providing the latest evidence informed management advice.