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Back, neck and joint pain

neck painOsteopathy is commonly associated with treating back pain although our patients bring a huge  variety of ailments to us for help.

Everyday activities place stresses and strains on our backs, necks and joints and can take their toll over time. Whether we are,

  • ♦  Spending long hours at a computer
  • ♦  Performing repetitive or awkward tasks at work or play
  • ♦  Bending and lifting at work
  • ♦  Gardening or digging
  • ♦  Picking up children
  • ♦  Carrying heavy shopping

We are trained to examine every joint in the body, and also evaluate the structure and function of the body as a whole.

Man with back painPatients who initially come to us complaining of low back pain often find we can help relieve them of other niggling aches and recurrent pains to which they had hitherto resigned themselves.

The Medical Research Council conducted a trial comparing treatment options for lower back pain and found that spinal manipulation, added to GP care, is clinically effective and the most  cost-efficient option for patients (UK Back Pain Exercise and Manipulation trial, MRC, 2004).

Over the years Albert Road Osteopaths is proud to have developed strong links with other health care professionals in the area, working and communicating with them when necessary for the benefit of the patient but only with the permission of the patient.

We will make a thorough and frank assessment of whether osteopathy is the best course of treatment for you, and if it is not, we will try to suggest the best course of action.

  • man and his shoulder pain♦  Headaches – Tension in the neck and shoulder muscles or restricted cervical/neck vertebrae can often result in headaches or migraines if left unresolved.
  • ♦  Low back pain, with or without sciatica
  • ♦  Muscle spasms
  • ♦  Hip and knee pain, including lack of mobility and degenerative conditions
  • ♦  Minor injuries to shoulders, elbows or wrists
  • ♦  Reduced joint flexibility, e.g. suffered by golfers who can’t rotate as well as they used to
  • ♦  Mechanical limitations, e.g. suffered by gymnasts having difficulty in doing full splits
  • ♦  Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • ♦  Tendonitis, sprains and strains

back300In 2006, the Department of Health published guidelines, which advocated the establishment of multidisciplinary clinical assessment services and recognised that musculoskeletal disorders can often be resolved quickly and effectively by treatments such as osteopathy (The Musculoskeletal Services Framework.A joint responsibility: doing it differently, DH, 2006).

In May 2009, NICE (National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence) published guidance on the treatment of non-specific low back pain. Recommendations in Low back pain: Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain include manual therapy, as practised by osteopaths. This includes spinal manipulation, mobilisation and massage, for patients who “have been in pain for longer than six weeks but less than one year, where pain may be linked to structures in the back such as joints,muscles and ligaments”.

Testimonials

“I was in agony and unable to straighten up after digging patio foundations all weekend. I managed to get an appointment the day I rang and felt better immediately. It took courage to go when I was in so much pain but I am so glad a friend recommended Albert Road Osteopaths to me.”

“Thank you for putting my back right. It had me worried when I could hardly walk, so it was very reassuring knowing you were able to sort it out. I’m as good as new.”

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