Back pain is a very common condition, which can affect over 90% of the population at some time in their lives. It can have a serious impact on patients’ everyday activities. However, most patients recover from back pain in a number of weeks.
It is important though to understand what structure in your back is causing the back pain. Your back is made up of many structures including facet joints, discs, ligaments, ribs, muscles, nerves, and sacroiliac joints. These structures can be easily strained, for example: from poor posture at your desk, by simply bending down to pick up a piece of paper, putting your baby into the back seat of the car, or by lifting something awkwardly on a work site.
Osteopaths are highly skilled in identifying the actual structure in your back which is causing your back pain, and will endeavor to treat the root cause of your pain, and return patients back to everyday activities in as quick a time as possible.
Below Are Some Tips To Help Guide You When Suffering From Back Pain.
Remain calm – more than 90% of patients with acute back pain will recover fully over a number of weeks.
Seek professional advice from your Osteopath / GP and get an accurate diagnosis of what is causing your back pain.
See your Osteopath for treatment who will treat the root cause of your back pain.
Avoid heavy lifting, twisting and bending activities (gardening, vacuuming, and lifting your baby in and out of the car, heavy lifting on-site)
Remain mobile – short walks are recommended, if possible.
Once the pain subsides, plan to strengthen up your back and core muscles.
Some Red Flags To Consider
As mentioned previously, most back pain will improve over a number of weeks. However, there are some serious symptoms which we refer to as ‘red flags’ which should never be ignored or left untreated – if you have any of these always see your Osteopath or GP.
Numbness into toes, weakness, pins and needles down your leg.
Pain which is not easing after a couple of weeks.
Pain at night, weight loss, fever.
Problems with starting and stopping urination and defecation – this is a medical emergency – go straight to A&E.
If you wish to discuss any issues you may have with back pain, please do not hesitate to contact Lorraine Herity at Better Health Osteopathy in Christchurch –363 Papanui Road, Merivale.
Lorraine Herity is the Clinic Director of Better Health Osteopathy in Christchurch, New Zealand. She previously worked in Osteopathic clinics in London and Ireland, before moving to New Zealand. Lorraine trained at the British School of Osteopathy in London, where she gained her Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost). Lorraine is a dedicated and passionate Osteopath. Her main aim is to help her patients regain their health, and to return her patients back to their everyday activities, in as quick a time as possible.