Lower back pain and osteopathy
Many etiologies cover this term ‘lower back pain’, that is why the osteopath must be rigorous in his consultation
Lumbago is the term used to describe general lower back pain. “Acute lower back pain” is a term eployed when the injury appeared less than 6 weeks ago, “Sub-acute lower back pain” in the last 6 to 12 weeks and “chronic lower back pain” concerns a pain that has been lasting over 3 months. Lumbago is a global health problem, almost 70% of the population have had lower back pain during their lifetme.
Common causes of lower back pain
When you repeat wrong movements during your physical activity or at work for several years, you alter your spinal system which causes lower back pain.
The key is to be careful :When you lift heavy loads – When you sit in uncomfortable positions at your desk
Prolonged poor postures creat tensions in the body especially in the back which can provoke lumbago. During your sleep, a hard mattress can hurt you because it doesn’t fit your back shape. Same thing occurs if you use pillows that are too high. In front of your computer, you don’t adapt the right posture, especially when you are tired and stressed.
The lack of exercise is a major cause of lumbago. The vertebrae, muscles or ligaments lose elasticity and tone with age. Overweight can also contribute to your back’s fragility. That’s why, it’s recommended to exercise. The osteopath can give you adapted advice to choose the best activity for you.
Symptoms can be very differenr to each patient. The injury can be in relation with muscles, ligaments, bones or nerves. Nevertheless, we can include the several symptomes into categories.
- Constant and sudden pain, that may be sharper in certain positions.
- Pain which doesn’t radiate down the legs.
- Piriformis syndrom or sciatica
- Stiffness, espicially in the mornings.
See my osteopath for lower back pain
To diagnose the real causes of your lumbago, the osteopath will ask you a series of questions called anamnesis and conduct tests to evaluate your mobility.
It will give you a personalized answer, treating your personnal lumbago using various manipulations.
Doctors encourage more and more patinets to see an osteopath to treat lower back pain when the standard pill treatments are not enough to aese the pain.
Osteopathy is a manual practice which aims at the body structures with finesse.
Several studies point to osteopathy’s ability to durably treat lumbago better than drugs or conventional treatments.