Are you suffering from lower back pain? You’re not alone! Did you know that four out of five people will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives? Lower back pain is a common reason our patients seek out osteopathic care.

As osteopaths, we take a holistic approach to treatment, and we consider how environmental and ergonomic factors may contribute to your back pain. Read on to find out about the different causes and treatment options for lower back pain!

Types of lower back pain and symptoms

Your lower back pain may be acute (i.e. lasts a few days or weeks), or chronic (i.e. pain that lasts for 3 months or longer). It might range in intensity from mild discomfort to severe pain that impacts your daily activities.

Common symptoms of lower back pain include:

It’s important to seek immediate medical advice if you have severe lower back pain that does not improve with rest, or lower back pain accompanied by numbness or tingling, lack of bladder or bowel control, fever, chest pain, or swelling in your back. This can be a sign of something more serious that may need urgent medical attention.

Common causes of lower back pain

Lower back pain could be caused by something as simple as lifting something too heavy, twisting or bending awkwardly, or even sneezing!

Conditions and diseases that commonly cause lower back pain, include:

Preventing lower back pain

There are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of lower back pain or to prevent an injury from recurring. These include:

How can osteopathic treatment help?

At your initial appointment, we will gather information about your symptoms, relevant health and medical history, how the pain is impacting your daily activities, and consider any ergonomic or environmental influences. We will then conduct an osteopathic examination which may involve a series of movement tests to see if the pain is restricting your range of movement.

As osteopaths, we take an integrated approach to treatment. We will work with you to develop an individualised care plan. Depending on your symptoms and how they present, we may use some of the following treatment techniques:

If you need help managing lower back pain, come and see us. We are here to help! We will assess your symptoms and come up with a treatment plan to help relieve the pain. Call us on+61 430 062 099 or email info@activeosteopathy.com.au to make an appointment.

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