Why does my lower back hurt?
This is among the most common questions we get asked by our clients, daily!
In theory, any pain-sensitive structure in the back (i.e. discs, facet joints, spinal musculature, and ligaments) could be the culprit. However, the cause may be simple or complicated. The area of pain may be either specific and local, or located in another area of the body altogether. Often, the area of pain is the ‘weakest link’ in a chain that connects to a real issue above, or below the site.
Anyone experiencing a strained back should seek out a health professional with the experience and skills necessary for treatment.
At Radius Osteopathic, we take a multifactorial approach which involves:
- Identifying the cause (or patterns of movement associated to back pain).
- Identify contributing factors – did you know that the body can switch on the wrong muscles, if the correct ones are weak or inactive?
- Skilful application of manual osteopathic techniques to restore normal function of joints, muscles, and nerves.
- Taking the time to explain which postures or daily activities aggravate the pain, as well as what exercises can help stretch or strengthen the appropriate body areas.
The role of imaging (x-rays, scans) in lower back problems
As Osteopaths, we are trained to refer to further imaging to help with the diagnosis. Imaging is just a piece of the puzzle, and done only when necessary. It is not uncommon for clients to present near identical findings on imaging that requires completely different approaches to treatment.
In my experience, the best outcomes eventuate when clients understand the cause of their pain and the mechanisms (postures, activities, work positions, muscle weakness, structural dysfunctions) that allows any back pain to continue.
Have a chat with our friendly staff about any queries you might have, to see how we can help you with your strained back.