Osteopathic Treatment for Back Pain in Wrexham
An Aching, throbbing or sharp pain in your back is not something to ignore. While back pain is something many people suffer from, there’s never a good reason to be complacent. In nearly all cases, there is something wrong structurally that is causing the pain you feel. If your pain is debilitating and you are unable to move, immediate medical care is best. And, for those struggling with an ache or constant level of pain, it’s best to get it checked out.
Back Pain treatment is not a one-size-fits-all cure. Every case of back pain is unique and part of the treatment at Wrexham Osteopath includes assessment of the symptoms, complaints and diagnostic findings to find the root cause of your back pain and formulate a bespoke plan to treat it effectively.
Back pain is complicated, and back pain can be one of the most difficult things to figure out, so it requires a good diagnosis. Every consultation at Wrexham Osteopath starts with a full, detailed case history, where we listen to everything you have to say. We then assess your spine and how it effects the rest of your body.
Our treatment objectives are keeping you active, mobile, independent and doing the things you love as well as how best to ease your back pain. Treatment is included in the first consultation.
Why Does My Back Hurt?
Back pain is common because the back is a complex area of the body with multiple large and small muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons running throughout it. Each one of them is near nerves that send a message to your brain when something is wrong.
Some causes of back pain are relatively simple – you may have twisted or turned in the wrong direction, straining a muscle. In other cases, your back pain may be due to poor posture, sitting at your desk for too long, straining to lift something, sports injuries, overuse or years of wear and tear. It could also be due to an injury or an illness. Due to the potential complexity of back pain, you should not ignore it and instead have it looked at by a professional.
How Long Does Back Pain Last?
Some people experience low back pain as a minor nuisance that lasts for a few days or weeks that resolves on its own. Unfortunately for some people, back pain is a chronic problem that limits mobility and diminishes quality of life for an extended period. In most cases, back pain does not require urgent care, but when the back pain does not improve after a few days, that is often when treatment is recommended.
Wrexham Osteopath can help to diagnose your back pain, find the root cause and treat it appropriately to the best of our ability with the objective of reducing your pain and preventing it from returning, whilst allowing you to carry on doing the things you love and caring for your family and keeping active. Health is the most important thing for your and your loved ones, and at Wrexham Osteopath we can help!
Is Back Pain A Sign of Getting Old?
Many people do not seek out medical care for back pain because they think they can just deal with it, or that it is a common problem that many people have. However, when there are pain signals being sent to your brain like this, there is a reason. You don’t have to live with back pain whether it is acute and severe or mild and chronic.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people visit Wrexham Osteopath. Our objective is to reduce your back pain as much as possible and to reduce the likelihood of it returning.
8 Common Causes of Back Pain
This is not a an exhaustive list
Facet joints (also known as zygapophysial joints) connect each vertebra to each other. Facet joints provide stability and mobility to the vertebrae. Facet pain can occur due to injury or disease and can be very painful. If the facet joints get worn out, friction occurs potentially leading to the formation of bone spurs. There can be a grinding sound as bones scrape against each other, and pain can be worse when leaning backwards or twisting.
Low Back Sprains and Strains
The body needs the back muscles, tendons and ligaments to hold the body upright and support weight from the upper body. Lumbar (low back) sprains and strains are common because the low back supports the weight of the upper body and is involved in moving, bending, twisting and turning. This can come about due to sudden injury and from gradual overuse. The symptoms usually include the low back feeling, sore, tight, stiff or achy which is worse with movement and stretching.
Lumbar Disc Herniation (Slipped Disc)
Between the bones of the spine are where intervertebral discs can be found. These discs are composed of two main parts: a soft inner part known as the nucleus pulposus and the more rigid outer part called the annulus fibrosis. If the annulus fibrosis gets damaged, the nucleus pulposus can come out and press on the nerve root. This herniation of the disc can then cause shooting pain to radiate down one or both legs, and is known as sciatica.
Low bone mass and the breakdown of bones can cause fractures in the spine. Compression fractures of the vertebrae can cause back pain.
Inflammation of the piriformis muscle (located underneath gluteus maximus) causes spasms and buttock pain. The sciatic nerve can also be affected by piriformis syndrome causing shooting pain, numbness and tingling down the back of the leg.
Sacro-illiac Joint Dysfunction
There is a sacro-illiac (SI) joint on each side of the lower spine, where the spine connects the spine to the pelvis. SI joint pain is usually felt in the buttocks, thighs, pelvis and lower back, and can range from mild to severe. Some patients report that walking on hard surfaces can aggravate this pain, along with sitting for prolonged periods, bending forwards and climbing stairs.
Pain may fluctuate between mild, moderate and severe. Characteristics often include deep aches, stabbing pain or throbbing. Pain may affect your posture, ability to stand up from a seated position, lean backwards or to one side, roll over in bed and bend forward. Pain can interrupt everyday activities and prevent you from working and doing the things you enjoy.
Pain, numbness, tingling or burning feeling in the back of the leg, buttocks or feet and toes. Low back pain and weakness of the foot or leg can also by symptoms of sciatica. This is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve – the longest nerve in the body which goes from the low back to the toes. There are many causes of sciatica such as Lumbar Disc Herniation, Piriformis Syndrome, spondylolisthesis, tumours and trauma.
This is a curvature of the spine. Depending on the severity, it can cause pain.
Compression of spinal nerves caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal. Symptoms include back pain, burning or aching pain the buttocks, weakness in the legs or “foot drop”. Spinal stenosis can be caused by Paget’s disease, achondroplasia, spinal tumours and spinal injuries.
This is the natural degenerative that occur in the spine that can caused the loss of spinal structure and function. It is also known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. Symptoms include morning stiffness, reduced range of motion in the spine, muscle spasm and abnormal gait (difficulty walking).
Should I Go To A&E With Back Pain?
When back pain develops suddenly for no apparent reason or after an accident, it is normal to feel upset or scared. This list can help you to decide the best course of action:
Back Pain after injury: A significant fall or car accident
Persistent back pain that doesn’t stop or gets worse
Pain that moves into your arm or leg
Extremity numbness, tingling sensations, weakness
Buttock and/or genital area numbness, tingling.
Back pain with a fever
Bowel or bladder dysfunction or incontinence
Unexplained recent weight loss
Low back pain accompanied by a stomach-ache
Why Should I See An Osteopath?
Osteopathic medicine provides drug-free non-invasive manual treatment that focuses on strengthening the musculoskeletal frameworks to:
Increase and restore joint mobility
Relieve muscle tension
Reduce pain and stiffness in muscles and joints
Improve blood flow
Enhance tissue elasticity
Reduce the likelihood of this pain returning
General Advice For Preventing Back Pain
Maintain a healthy weight and diet
Remain as active as possible
Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest
Warm up or stretch before undertaking physical activity
Wear comfortable low-heeled shoes
Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimise any curve in your spine