Treating back pain begins with the right diagnosis
At Central Coast Osteopath, we are qualified to recognise the difference between uncomplicated back pain and more serious back pain that requires referral to a specialist. As you don’t need a referral from a GP to see us, we can be your first port of call to identify the root cause of your back pain and recommend the appropriate course of action.
When assessing you, we will take into account many lifestyle factors that could cause or contribute to your back pain, including your sleep and exercise habits, what you do for work, the ergonomics of your work/study environment and your posture.
Once we have diagnosed the type and cause of your back pain, we will tailor a comprehensive treatment program for you consisting of a combination of massage, full body massage if required, joint mobilisation techniques and gentle stretching exercises to get you back on your feet and help you manage your condition on an ongoing basis.
Anyone could suffer from back pain at some point in their lives
Back pain can be debilitating and impede on other areas of your life. Whether your back pain came on suddenly (perhaps as a result of an injury) or has been troubling you for a long time (chronic pain), there are many forms back pain and discomfort can take.
You may experience:
- Constant or intermittent pain,
- Pain that is limited to one part of the back,
- Pain that radiates to other areas of the body, such as into the arms and hands and/or down the legs and into the feet,
- A dull ache, sharp pain or a piercing, burning sensation,
- Tingling, weakness or numbness.
No matter what form your back pain takes, you will understand how much it can negatively effect many other areas of your life, such as your ability to exercise, sleep, drive or sit still without discomfort.
Common causes of back pain
There are many common causes of back pain including:
- Extensive sitting or standing
- Heavy lifting
- Nerve irritation including sciatica
- Constipation and irritable bowel syndrome
- Menstrual pain and endometriosis
- Stiff muscles causing a lack of flexibility
- Muscle weakness
- Dysfunction in the thorax, lower limbs and pelvis
Other causes of back pain
In addition to the more common causes, back pain can also be the result of a range of less common causes, including:
- Muscle spasm
- Disc injury or fracture
- Joint sprains
- Tumour or infection
- Ligament pain
- Stress and tension