Why Do I Have Back Pain?


Back pain affects most people at some point in their life. Generally it presents as muscular, skeletal or neurological and can be treated fairly easily if assessed early!

Muscular refers to muscle tissue and tendons that may be in spasm, inflamed, stiff or fatigued. Furthermore muscles can be chronically torn if not treated and tendons can become inflamed (tendonitis).

Skeletal refers to our joints including cartilage and ligaments. Joints may be stiff,  inflamed  or the cartilage may be suffering from wear and tear. Ligaments, which attach bone to bone, may become sprained.

Neurological refers to pain from nerve compression and irritation which may lead to numbness, tingling, sharp or shooting pain often in the limbs. The sciatic nerve for example can become compressed and cause sciatica.

Consult your GP or medical help urgently if your back pain is associated with any of the following:

Known as red flags

 

  • Constant deep ache not relieved by laying down and not aggravated by movement.
  • Fever >38c
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Swelling in the back
  • Pain or tingling into your legs or feet
  • Numbness around your genitals/buttocks
  • Loss of bladder/bowel control

What is a muscle spasm?  This is an involuntary contraction of muscle fibres. This usually occurs when the muscle is acting in a protective way – like a protective reflex to protect an underlying damaged tissue from further damage. Finger muscles may spasm whilst writing for prolonged periods ie in an exam. Muscle spasm may also be caused by dehydration, loss of fluids during exercise without replacement can lead to fatigued muscles and eventually spasm. It is thought that it only takes a 2% reduction in body weight due to  fluid loss to have a 10-20% reduction in sport performance.

What is sciatica? Many patients come to see us here at Dynamic Osteopaths saying that they think they have sciatica, however many cases are incorrect. Sciatica is a symptom of a number of possible causes,  the sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest peripheral nerve in the body, extending from our low back to our foot. Sciatic pain can be sharp, shooting pain and numbness from the low back through the buttock and down the back of the thigh to the calf and foot.

Sciatic Nerve

The main causes of sciatica are:

  • A  herniated disc pressing on a nerve root that compresses the sciatic nerve.
  • Spinal stenosis: narrowing of the spinal canal usually due to ageing, as due to arthritis the joints become enlarged and choke the nerve.
  • Piriformis syndrome, as the sciatic nerve run under or through the piriformis muscle in the buttock the nerve may become squeezed or compressed giving ‘sciatic like’ pain.
  • Sacro-Illiac joint dysfunction. As the 5th lumbar nerve lies on top of this pelvic joint any inflammation caused by the  joint dysfunction may cause ‘sciatic like’ pain.
  • Spondylolithesis  is a forward slippage of one vertebrae on another due to a fracture which can pinch the nerve and cause sciatica.
  • Other possible causes for sciatica can be in pregnancy due to constantly changing posture and  although rare, a spinal tumour.

 

What are facet joints? Facet joints are the joints  between each vertebrae, on either side,  that control and facilitate the movement of the spine. Like many joints of the body they are surrounded by a capsule and can be very pain sensitive. Therefore any trauma to the joint or capsule can be very painful and send the muscles in the surrounding area into a spasm.

Facet joint pain can be due to a sudden trauma involving a quick over- rotation of the lumbar spine, common in squash players, which causes acute inflammation and or a ‘locking’ sensation of the joint. Mostly facet joint problems are chronic and are due to ageing and arthritis in the joints. The joints become enlarged and grow spurs which cause pain on rotation and other movements of the lumbar spine.

Facet joints control movement

 

How can Dynamic Osteopaths help?

When you visit an osteopath with back pain, they will first listen to you explain your symptoms and then ask some questions which will include onset of pain, what may make it better or worse and if you have any leg symptoms. They may ask some questions about your general and past health which you may think irrelevant, but this is to build a full picture of you as a whole person and to make sure that there is no under-lying medical problem (RED FLAGS).  The osteopath will then observe your posture and feel how your back is moving and carry-out any relevant clinical tests. All this is to be able to form a diagnosis before treating or referring on to a specialist consultant or further investigations (MRI, X-Ray).

Injury Treatment Solihull and Birmingham

Injury Treatment Solihull and Birmingham


Dynamic Osteopaths are experienced registered osteopaths and exercise specialists who provide comprehensive services for injury treatment, pain relief and pain management.

Injury treatment will consist of standard osteopathic practice – consisting of manual therapy, physical therapy, injury rehabilitation and medical acupuncture.

Our osteopaths will perform a fully comprehensive examination which will include a detailed spinal assessment and joint mobility testing, in efforts in pin down the predisposing factors for why the injury has occurred in the first place. Once this had been discovered, then primary efforts are focused on treating the root cause of the injury and not solely the symptoms.

Dynamic Osteopaths regularly see injuries from all different sources and understand the importance of treating each case individually.

Dynamic Osteopaths have Osteopathic clinics in Solihull and osteopathic practice in Birmingham (Harborne). In addition, Dynamic Osteopaths are located in Henley in Arden, Warwickshire.

Further information on injury treatment and injury management please don’t hesitate to contact us at this link Dynamic Osteopaths or alternatively contact us at:

Info@dynamicosteopaths.com
07966 317712 (clinic)

The Secret To Joint Pain Relief – Exercise


Review from Harvard Medical School 2014

The secret to joint pain relief — exercise

Joint pain: it throbs, aches, and hurts. It may make you think twice about everyday tasks and pleasures like going for a brisk walk, lifting grocery bags, or playing your favorite sport. Sharp reminders of your limitations arrive thick and fast, practically every time you move.

What are the causes of joint pain?

  • osteoarthritis
  • old injuries
  • repetitive or overly forceful movements during sports or work
  • posture problems
  • aging
  • inactivity

How can exercise can help joint pain?

Ignoring the pain won’t make it go away. Nor will avoiding all motions that spark discomfort. In fact, limiting your movements can weaken muscles, compounding joint trouble, and affect your posture, setting off a cascade of further problems. And while pain relievers and cold or hot packs may offer quick relief, fixes like these are merely temporary.

By contrast, the right set of exercises can be a long-lasting way to tame ankle, knee, hip, or shoulder pain. Practiced regularly, joint pain relief workouts might permit you to postpone — or even avoid — surgery on a problem joint that has been worsening for years by strengthening key supportive muscles and restoring flexibility. Over time, you may find limitations you’ve learned to work around will begin to ease. Tasks and opportunities for fun that have been weeded out of your repertoire by necessity may come back into reach, too.

Beyond the benefits to your joints, becoming more active can help you stay independent long into your later years. Regular activity is good for your heart and sharpens the mind. It nudges blood pressure down and morale up, eases stress, and shaves off unwanted pounds. Perhaps most importantly, it lessens your risk of dying prematurely. All of this can be achieved at a comfortable pace and very low cost in money or time.

For more on developing and mastering a plan to relieve your joint pain, please feel free to contact us at www.dynamicosteopaths.com or email us on

 

joint pain relief

What are the consequences of poor lifting technique?


Back pain and sciatica

 

We have all been told over and over that we should always bend at the knees and keep a straight back when lifting.  What happens if you don’t do this? CASE STUDY:

20 year old male patient, that began experiencing lower back pain and morning stiffness, which has steadily worsened to the point where he is now in constant pain and finds it difficult to work.

At the base of the spine, it was identified that the last vertebral disc had become greatly reduced compared to the other disc spaces in his spine.

This is a degenerative process that greatly accelerates if the back joints are readily subjected to high levels of strain during lifting.

Bending at the knees and keeping a straight back when we lift keeps this strain to a minimum. This is otherwise known as keeping  a natural spine!

Although Osteopathic treatment may help relieve the pain and stiffness that occurs in a case like this, the real cure is to make sure that you look after your lower back in the first place

Further information can be found at http://www.dynamicosteopaths.com or please contact us on info@dynamicosteopaths.com

Spinal Disc Problems


Dynamic osteopaths in Henley In Arden and Birmingham and aiming to promote public awareness and knowledge on the spinal disc problems and what effects these can have on daily living.

Dynamic Osteopaths are also aiming to promote prevention of disc related pain and dysfunction through levels of conservative management.

For further information on Spinal Disc Problems please follow the link provided here.

For further information and how these an be treated please contact Dynamic Osteopatha on the link provided.

Alternatively contact the clinic at:
Info@dynamicosteopaths.com

Osteopathic clinics out of Henley In Arden, Solihull and Harborne Birmingham.

Exercise rehabilitation based in Central Solihull.

Warwickshire Golf Union lecture on Golf Performance and Injury within competitive and professional golf – Adam Whatley Registered Sports Osteopath


Lecture at the Stonebridge Golf Club on Performance and Injury Prevention within Professional and Amature Golfers By Sports Osteopath Adam Whatley.

Related Subject – Biomechanics within golf and it relations with performance and injury.

Follow link provided here for further information on Golfing Performance and Injury

Dynamic Osteopaths are registered osteopaths exercise specialists that have a particular interest in golf related performance and injuries.

Sports Osteopath Adam R Whatley is practicing out of Henley in Arden, Solihull and Harborne Birmingham.

Further information can be found at Dynamic Osteopaths

Alternately contact the clinic on info@dynamicosteopaths.com or call the clinic mobile on 079663 17712.

Low Back Pain Management


Low Back Pain Management: Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. Recommendations and guidelines via the Nation Institute of Clinical Excellence. 

Recommend treatment options based of clinical evidence based medicine:

● Manual Therapy:
– Course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation*
– up to 9 sessions over up to 12 weeks

(*The manual therapies reviewed were spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage. Collectively these are all manual therapy. Mobilisation and massage are performed by a wide variety of practitioners. Manipulation can be performed by osteopaths and chiropractors, as well as by doctors and physiotherapists who have undergone specialist postgraduate training in manipulation).

● Acupuncture:
– Course of acupuncture needling
– Up to 10 sessions over up to 12 weeks.

● Structured exercise programme:
– Up to 8 sessions over up to 12 weeks
– Supervised exercise programme, tailored to the individual
– May include aerobic activity, movement instruction, muscle strengthening, postural control and stretching

In addition the National Institute of Clinical Excellence have NOT recommended the following:

● ISSRIs for treating pain
● Injections of therapeutic substances into the back
● Laser therapy
● Interferential therapy
● Therapeutic ultrasound
● TENS
● Lumbar supports
● Traction

 

Further information in the evidence-based treatment and management of low back pain can be found at: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG88/NICEGuidance/pdf/English.

Alternatively please contact us at Dynamic Osteopaths. We can offer you with friendly support and advice with questions and concerns you may have.

T: 0121 4721268

E: info@dynamicosteopaths.com

W: www.dynamicosteopaths.com

We have osteopathic clinics with Henley In Arden, Solihull and Harborne Birmingham. Our clinics provide fast and effective treatment for back pain and joint pain, which coincide to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidelines.  

 

Pain Relief and Osteopathy


Osteopaths spend most of their time working with people who are dealing from pain – whether it occurs at a young age from sport or in the older generation from arthritis. Osteopaths roles are to alleviate pain, to improve mobility and to make patients’ live more comfortable.  

What is pain?  Pain is a warning signal that something is wrong. If is one of the body’s natural defence mechanisms to alert you to a problem but it is there to stop you from further damage.  

Osteopaths diagnose the cause of pain and can often do a great deal to help reduce the level of your pain and suffering. But what directly causes pain? Often, it is the result of localised inflammation for injured tissues which created pressure on nerves.  

Your pain  
– low back pain
– neck pain
– headaches
– joint pain
– rheumatic pain
– pelvic pain
– pain from trauma
– arthritic pain
– joint stiffness
– leg pain  

The skilled techniques of osteopaths can allow the body to self heal and return to normal activity. Even if your pain has been chronic, osteopathy may help but may take patience. The osteopath will look at how your whole body functions and be able to reduce strain on the painful areas caused by mechanical problems elsewhere.  

There are times when it is wise for you to take medication in addition to osteopathic treatment. Osteopaths frequently work in close cooperation with your GP.

Why an osteopath?

Osteopaths help to reduce tissue inflammation by a number of methods ranging from muscular treatment to spinal manipulation and joint rehabilitation.

This process will help to reduce muscular spasms and increase mobility, helping to create healthier state in which damaged tissues can heal.

Much long-term, recurrent pain is caused by degenerative changes to the body’s framework. Nobody can reverse the process of ages, unfortunately! However, osteopathic treatment using manual and physical therapy in addition to medical acupuncture can often ease pain, reduce swelling and improve the mobility and range of motion at a joint. Pain control is an important part is the treatment and osteopaths give guidance on simple method to carry out at home.

-osteopaths are skilled healthcare professionals
-osteopaths deal with pain every day
-UK Osteopaths treat over 7 million people every year who are suffering from pain
-osteopaths can help you both with treatment and advice on self-help

Visiting your osteopath

When you visit your osteopath of the first time a case history will be taken and you will be given a physical examination in regards to your complaints.
You will normally be asked to remove relevant areas of clothing and perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then use their examination to identify any points of dysfunction or excessive strain throughout certain structures.
The osteopath may need additional investigations such as x-rays or blood tests. This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plans to be developed with you. Osteopathy is a patient centred approach which means the treatment is geared to you as an individual.

Osteopathic fees

Most people consults their osteopath privately. However, and increasing number of patients work with GP practices so that it may be possible for your doctor to refer you to an osteopath on the NHS.
Most private health care insurance schemes give benefit for osteopathic treatment. Some companies Will reimburse the total fee that you have paid to the osteopath, some only a percentage. Most companies require a GP or specialist referral. All insurance companies have helplines to explain your actual benefits and methods of claiming.

Osteopathy and patient protection

Osteopaths are highly trained to recognise and treat many causes of pain. Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and manual treatment which is recognised by the British Medical Association as a discrete clinical discipline.

For the last 60 years, osteopaths have worked within a system of voluntary regulation that sets standards of training and practice. In 1993, osteopathy became the first major complimentary healthcare profession to be accorded statutory regulation under the 1993 Osteopaths act. This has been culminated in the opening of the statutory register of osteopaths by the general osteopathic Council in May 1998. Only those practitioners able to show that they have been in safe and competent practice of osteopathy will you be allowed to gain entry onto the register and in the future all osteopaths will be trained to the same high rigourous standards. All osteopaths will have medical malpractice insurance and to follow a strict code of conduct. Patients will have the same safeguards as when currently they consult a doctor or dentist.

For further information on pain relief and osteopathy please contact our friendly clinic on 07966 317712, Or alternatively visit our website at www.dynamicosteopaths.com.

Dynamic Osteopaths are currently practicing out of Henley in Arden Warwickshire, Solihull and Harborne Birmingham. Offering treatment for pain relief, back pain, and joint pain.

The importance of regular exercise and chronic pain – osteopathic perspective.


Regular exercise has many benefits, not just for general fitness, but also for people who may be suffering from ongoing chronic pain, within the spine and the joints. Evidence identifies how keeping yourself active and exercising regularly provides huge benefits for you joints – keeping then well lubricated which in turn reduces stiffness and pain, at the same time as keeping your muscles active and strong, which enables your joints to be more stable and better at dealing with dynamic properties.

Dynamic Osteopaths are traditional osteopaths with strong backgrounds in sports medicine, that see patients on a daily basis who are dealing with the difficulties of chronic pain. Here at Dynamic Osteopaths we treat such musculoskeletal conditions by providing spinal and muscular osteopathic treatment, specifically aimed at reducing pain and promoting individual function, enabling regular bouts of exercise to continue. Here, our osteopaths will provide full support of specific stretches and exercises to help enhance mobility and strengthen problematic areas. The sports osteopath, who is an exercise specialist will recommend how many times a week exercise and will educate you on why these exercises are important to prevent injury.

Here at Dynamic Osteopaths, we have operating clinics within Henley In Arden, Solihull and Harborne Birmingham, where we provide comprehensive treatment and support for chronic pain suffers.

For further information, feel free to contact us on 0121 472 1268 or visit our website at www.dynamicosteopaths.com to find out further information.

What to expect from a consultation with your osteopath


What to expect from your Osteopath

Patients consulting an osteopath are entitled to the highest standard of care.

Visiting your osteopath

Before your first appointment ensure that your osteopath is registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

Osteopathic practice

Osteopathy is a patient-centred system of primary healthcare. Your first appointment will last approximately 45-60minutes and 30minutes for subsequent appointments. This allows the osteopath adequate time to:

– Gather a full case history on your problem, gain information on your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes. This information is strictly confidential.
– Provide a full physical examination, in relation to your complaint.
– Ask you to provide a series of simple movements, to observe posture, mobility and control. Because if the body’s structure, pain and stiffness you are experiencing in one area may be linked to a problem elsewhere.
– Examine the health of your joints, tissues and ligaments using highly developed sense of touch.
– Check for signs of other serious conditions and advise you to seek investigation for a consultant.

Diagnosis and treatment

Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of musculoskeletal and other related disorders.

– your osteopath will give you a clear explanation of what they have found and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you, which may included lifestyle changes. They will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment.
– it is important to understand and agree what the treatment can achieve and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable difference/improvement in your Wellbeing.
– treatment is hands-on and involves skilled articulation and manipulation of the spine and joint within the body and stretching of soft tissues. Your osteopath will explain what is being done at all times, and will give the opportunity to ask any questions.
– self-help measures and advice on exercises may be offered to assist your recovery, And prevent re-occurrence all worsening of symptoms.

Ongoing care

Due to the physical nature of the treatment it is not unusual to sometimes feel so all stiff in the first 24–48 hours after treatment. If you have any concerns, it is important to contact your osteopath and ask for their advice.

It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.

Keeping your GP informed

Most patients refer themselves directly to an osteopath. Although referral by GP is not necessary, you are encouraged to keep your GP informed, so that your medical records are up-to-date. This will ensure you receive the best possible care from both healthcare professionals. With your permission, your osteopath may send a report to your GP, with details of your condition and treatment. You can also request A letter for your employer, if this is useful.

Addressing concerns

All osteopathic clinics have a complaints procedure. If you have any concerns about your osteopath, it is usually helpful to raise these with the person involved, or their employer if they have one, to see if the matter can be put right.

For further information please feel free to contact us at www.dynamicosteopaths.com or email / call us at info@dynamicosteopaths.com 07966 317712