Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common presentations to osteopaths. It is thought to affect up to 80% of the population at some point in their lifetime (1).
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Over 90% of cases of low back pain are classified as “non-specific low back pain” (2), meaning that there is no serious pathology causing your pain. For the most part, this type of low back pain is self-limiting and manageable, but reoccurrence is most likely within the first 6 months.
Whilst uncommon, if your osteopath suspects an underlying pathology, you will be referred for appropriate investigation or medical attention.
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Osteopathic Treatment

Current guidelines support manual therapy in combination with exercise as a first line treatment for low back pain (3).
Our osteopath will help you manage your low back pain. This is achieved with a combination of manual therapy, take home advice and simple exercises. We take the time to make sure you leave the consultation understanding your low back pain and how you can self-manage at home.
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(1) Truchon, M. (2001). Determinants of chronic disability related to low back pain: towards an integrative biopsychosocial model. Disabil Rehabil 23(17): 758-67
(2) Koes, BW., van Tulder, MW. & Thomas, S. (2006). Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. BMJ, 332. 1430-34
(3) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2016) Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s: assessment and management. NICE guideline (NG59)