When do you get your pain?

  • rolling in bed?
  • in the morning getting up?
  • after gardening or exercise?
  • sitting too long?
  • when you cough or sneeze?
  • taking a deep breath in?
  • repetitive bending or lifting?

Back pain is so prevalent that we see cases every day.  Despite the many versions of symptoms we see, Osteopaths are trained to look for the subtle variations to then be able to diagnose your problem more accurately.

We don’t work to a recipe, every case is unique.  Different muscles will tighten case-to-case, legs pain may be present, even hip flexor muscles are renowned for referring pain right into your back.  And these are just a few of many examples for the low back.

Maybe you have pain in and around the ribs.  This is also a common one in clinic, often aggravated by a deep breath and pretty much ANY movement giving you the stabbing, jabbing pain

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Once the cause is identified, Osteopaths provide you with a tailored physical treatment program including massage, joint mobilising and stretching, basically coaxing and moving your body back into fluent movement.

We incorporate therapeutic ultrasound that may reduce local inflammation in the region.  Our Osteopaths also recommend specific stretching and other exercises to help you help yourself to prevent recurrence & manage your condition.

We will let you know how long we believe it will take for you to recover and also how many treatments it will involve.  Every case is very different and treated so.

Osteoporosis, arthritis and sciatica are frequent worries for sufferers when it comes to back pain, but these conditions are far less common causes but are always considered by our team.

The Likely Causes of Back Pain

  • Muscle Spasm
  • Disc Injury (Bulge, Prolapsed, Strain)
  • Joint Sprains
  • Stress & Tension
  • Ligament Pain
  • Pregnancy Strain

Contributing Factors

  • Work Ergonomics
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep Habits
  • Exercise
  • Trauma & Injury
  • Family History
  • Posture

SYMPTOMS you may experience

  • Dull, burning, or sharp
  • Be felt at a single point or over a broad area.
  • Come on gradually or suddenly
  • Occur with muscle spasms or stiffness
  • Cause pain, numbness, or tingling that may extend in the buttocks and legs
  • Pain when coughing, sneezing, or with bowel movements
  • Pain breathing in or with deep breaths

The symptoms described above can occur on their own or along with back pain. Leg symptoms are often caused by lower spine problems that place pressure on a nerve that leads to the leg. This is known as “sciatica” and usually extends past the knee.  Pain on inhalation is often caused by mid back problems and may extend around the ribs.

Ongoing & chronic back pain can make you depressed. Depression can amplify your level of pain and impacts on your recovery.

It is important to get the right diagnosis so you can receive the appropriate treatment for your specific condition.  Osteopaths are able to differentiate the cause by taking a detailed history followed by a thorough examination of your movements.

Make a booking

If you are needing help and would like to book an initial consultation, you can book your next appointment at Boroondara Osteopathy by calling our receptionist.  Click on the link below and you will be taken to our contact and bookings page or feel free to give us a call on (03) 9859 5059.