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Lower back pain

80% of us will experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. It is the leading contributor to missed days of work.

Does it hurt to bend over? Or is it painful to stand for long periods of time? Maybe you just feel stiff in your lower back when you get up in the morning?

All these symptoms are extremely common with low back pain. All of them are happening for slightly different reasons. You may have a disc injury, or one of the little joints (facet joint) in your lumbar spine may be sprained or restricted. You may have really tight or short hip flexors from sitting at a desk all day.

There are more serious forms of back pain such as bulging discs, nerve impingement and sciatica. These typically result in more severe or acute pain with referred pain or nerve symptoms such as pins and needles, numbness or weakness in your leg or foot.

Sciatica is a very specific condition that involves a lancinating type pain in the back of your leg and may not have any associated back pain. (See our page on sciatica for more information).

Osteopathic management for all types of lower back pain involves a thorough examination including comprehensive history, neuro orthopaedic and osteopathic assessment. We aim to get to the root cause of your back pain. We use hands on techniques such as massage, mobilisation, manipulation and fascial release to address any musculoskeletal problems we find. We may also advise you of stretching or strengthening exercises and discuss ergonomic and postural changes to decrease the chance of your lower back pain returning.

Acupuncture may also be an effective treatment for low back pain. Like osteopaths, acupuncturists also seek out the cause of the condition and target the underlying tissue not just the symptoms. Your traition chinese medicine practitioner will work towards resolving your low back pain by gently needling the appropriate acupuncture points according to their working diagnosis.