Managing back pain at our osteopath clinic London W1
Musculoskeletal conditions are a big issue here in the UK, and there are three main causes of this, which include an ageing population, reduced exercise or physical activity and obesity. Musculoskeletal conditions affect the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, nerves and tendons. Of the different musculoskeletal conditions, back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Studies show that almost 80% of adults in the UK suffer from back pain at least once in their life, while 20% suffer from chronic back pain, which means that if back pain is affecting your life, you are definitely not alone. You will need to speak to our osteopath clinic London W1, Rakhee Osteopathy, and we will be able to create a treatment plan for you.
There are different types of back pain, the most common being lower back pain and upper back pain.
Lower back pain
Lower back pain occurs in the area of your back, from the bottom of your ribs to the top of your legs. Lower back pain can be a result of poor posture, straining a muscle or spraining a ligament either as a result of heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement. This type of lower back pain is serious and can be very painful; however, it should not be permanent and should heal within a few days or weeks. If you have chronic lower back pain, this may be because of mechanical or structural problems in the spine. If you are suffering from lower back pain, speak to our osteopath clinic London W1 and learn about the benefits of osteopathy for back pain. Unfortunately, in some cases, lower back pain can be caused by kidney infections or kidney stones, and in this case, you will be referred to your doctor. If the pain is caused by abnormalities in the spine, then we can help you manage your symptoms. We will first identify the cause of the pain and then put together a treatment plan accordingly.
Upper back pain
Upper back pain is also known as thoracic back pain; this is less common than lower back pain and occurs between the shoulder blades and between your neck and waist. Upper back pain often occurs as a result of abnormalities in the muscles and soft tissues of your back that could be due to long-term poor posture, an injury, for example, whiplash, straining of a muscle or a ligament, or more serious conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. The pain can vary from patient to patient and may be mild or severe. At our osteopath clinic London W1, we will ask some questions to find out more about your symptoms, and we will carry out a physical examination to identify the cause of your back pain and whether or not we need to carry out any further tests. Once we understand your condition, we will put together a tailored treatment plan for you. Speak to us at Rakhee Osteopathy today to find out more.