Back and Neck Pain

back and neck pain Neck and lower back pain is undoubtedly the most common presentation in my clinic. There are many reasons why people get neck and back pain and may be due to injuries in the following soft tissues;

  • Muscles strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Intervertebral Disc Injuries
  • Facet Joint sprains
  • Nerve Root damage or irritation
  • Fractures

 

Things that may cause neck and back pain;

  • Lifting
  • Sedentary work and lifestyles
  • Sports Injuries
  • Trauma
  • Whiplash
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Repetitive Strain
  • Poor Posture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Congenital, for example Scheuermann’s disease.
  • Activities such as gardening, cleaning or childcare.

 

Osteopathic treatment for neck and back pain Osteopathic treatment focuses initially on pain relief and improving function. Neck and back pain treatment also extends to areas of the body that help to improve function in the affected region. For example if a patient has a disc herniation at L5/S1, then work may involve treating the thoracic spine and pelvis to reduce the strain at the affected region and improve function and range of movement throughout the rest of the spine and pelvis.

back and neck painOur spines are designed to move in a certain way so it is important to use our joints in a range of movements. Our spines are designed to flex, extend, side bend and rotate to a certain degree (depending on which part of the spine we are referring to). The ‘use it or loose it’ concept has some truth and will prevent pain, disability and loss of function. If you can incorporate exercising and stretching into your daily lives then you are taking proactive steps into treating your problem and preventing your problem recurring.

In practice, ergonomic advice may be given in relation to your workstation set up, pilates classes may be suggested to strengthen core stability, regular standing and moving about the office to reduce loading on the lumbar spine or better techniques about lifting your children can also be incorporated into your treatment plan. These are examples demonstrating how Osteopathy provides long term treatment for neck and back pain. Each case is unique and therefore an Osteopathic treatment plan is tailored accordingly.

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