Osteopathy, Low Back Pain (LBP) & Sciatic symptoms
Back pain is very common and will affect most people at some point in their lives. It can usually be felt as throbbing, aching, stabby pains, tension or stiffness in your low back. Sometimes the pain can radiate down into your legs and cause numbness, a burning pain and tingling, this is termed as sciatica.
Low back pain can be caused by numerous things including a sudden movement or fall, an injury or other medical conditions. At Moreland Osteopathy we are primary health practitioners, meaning that we are trained to assess, diagnose and treat your low back pain, no matter the ailment.
There are many reasons for your low back pain. Some common conditions that can cause low back pain are:
- Joint Sprains and strains
- Disc bulges with or without sciatica (See Figure 1.)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Many other conditions, please note this list is not exhaustive.
Some facts and figures of LBP
Estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007–08 National Health Survey suggest that about 1.8 million Australians (9.2% of the population) have back problems.
It has been estimated that 70–90% of people suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives.
According to the National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD), in 2010-11 there were 93,564 hospitalisations with a principal diagnosis of back problems. The common reasons for hospitalisations were:
low back pain (27.7% of hospitalisations for back problems)
narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) (14.1%)
pain including tingling, numbness and weakness in the legs that starts from the lower back (sciatica) (13.8%).
How can Osteopathy help my LBP?
Osteopaths are trained primary health practitioners who are able to first, and foremost, orthopedically examine your LBP to find a root diagnosis. Osteopathy may help your low back pain depending on the particular condition you are suffering from. Once we have a working diagnosis, we are able to tailor hands on treatment and management to you and your condition.
Our Osteopaths here at Moreland Osteopathy, take the utter most care in tailoring a treatment to your body's needs, and there will never be any surprises with the treatment. Everything will be explained to you from your working diagnosis, to your treatment plan and aftercare advice and exercise rehabilitation exercises to assist your body with the best chance of recovery.
Osteopathic treatment is mainly hands on manual therapy. The main techniques used in our clinic include: Massage techniques, stretching, articulation of joints, trigger point release, manipulation and many more other techniques.
We also offer Dry Needling services as well as cupping services, best results are usually seen when these therapies are combined with Osteopathy.
Figure 1. Sciatica with its most common cause of pain, a disc bulge!