Back pain

If you suffer from back pain, call us on 07732 006691 or email [email protected] to ask for advice, or to book an appointment.

Back pain is a broad term that refers to pain experienced anywhere along the spine, from the neck all the way down to the tail-bone. Low back pain may also be known as dorsalgia or lumbago. Typically back pain is categorised as "acute" or "chronic". In this sense, acute means that it started relatively recently, and chronic means that it has been going on for a long time -- several weeks or longer.

There may be underlying structural damage to the bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, or "discs" of the back. This can produce irritation and inflammation, often resulting in the experience of pain. However with many cases of chronic low-back pain pain, there is often no detectable structural problem. Consequently healthcare practitioners may look at the problem more widely. It is widely accepted that obesity, smoking, depression, stress and many other psycho-social factors are strongly associated with back pain.

People with back pain often find that heat and massage are effective at providing some relief. Some people also find manipulation and mobilisation helpful, and your osteopath will be able to provide this treatment if it is appropriate.

Some healthcare practitioners will offer injections of steroids or other substances for back pain. These should be carefully considered, since recent reviews of trials suggest that these may not be as effective as had been hoped.

Surgery is usually the last resort in back pain, and will be done to correct a serious underlying structural problem, such as stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), disc bulge (often inaccurately termed a "slipped disc"), arthritic changes in the spinal bones, scoliosis (severe fixed twisting and bending of the spine), or fractures.

It is important to have a clear diagnosis from a healthcare practitioner before embarking on any cause of treatment, and for you to understand any risks involved in the treatment.

Call us on 07732 006691 or email [email protected] for more advice or to book an appointment.