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Spondylitis Neck Pain Slipped Disc Back Pain Spondylosis Sciatica Plantar Faciitis Ligament/Cartilage Tennis RSI Trapped

By far the most common problem that Osteopaths see, Back Pain accounts for a vast number of lost working days every year with over 60% of us experiencing at least one episode of acute back pain in our lives. The causes of back pain are numerous and varied but the majority of cases are simple mechanical problems involving the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments in the area and can be treated effectively with Osteopathy.
Bursitis is a condition that causes intense inflammation of fluid filled sacs (bursa) that are located around most joints in the body. The problem is usually triggered by repeated direct pressure on the bursa, such as kneeling on a hard floor, or by muscles that lie over the bursa being strained. Osteopaths use various techniques to work on these tissues and reduce the inflammation.
A true Slipped Disc, or disc prolapse, most commonly occurs in the lower back and tends to cause severe back pain with many patients experiencing pain that also travels down the leg and may give feelings of numbness or pins and needles. In bad cases this condition may require surgical treatment or repair, but less severe cases can often be treated successfully and often be prevented from coming back in the future with remedial exercises and advice.
Tennis Elbow, despite the name, is a condition that is not restricted to tennis players, and can be brought on and worsened by a number of different movements of the hand and arm. The main feature is pain at the outer part of the elbow, but can sometimes come on as pain over the wrist and even into the hand. Often the condition becomes so severe that it can be aggravated by even simple activities like opening a door or pouring a kettle.
Headaches are very common and debilitating and affect a huge number of people. They are often due to muscle and joint problems in the upper back and neck area. It will usually be clear straight away if there are other reasons for the problem, and if we feel treatment will not be helpful we may refer you back to your GP. Even very severe headaches and migraines may be triggered or worsened by muscle spasm and joint restriction at the base of the skull, which can refer pain as far as the temple and front of the face.
Ligament/Cartilage - These structures are found around the body but tend to be most problematic at the knee, where they are extremely important in aiding joint movement and stability.

They can come under intense pressure during sports where they are used in much different ways to normal day-to-day activity. Osteopaths can treat these problems that develop with osteopathic techniques and also give advice on remedial exercise and return to activity, as long as the damage has not been too severe.
After lower back pain, Neck Pain is the most common type of problem we see, and with more and more people using computers for longer and longer periods of time this seems set to steadily increase. Causes are numerous, sometimes it is a steady nagging pain and at other times there is a history of build up with episodes of acute pain where movement can be severely limited. Osteopaths can use a variety of techniques to get joints and muscles moving and alleviate the pain.
Nerves being pinched or trapped can occur in a number of places around the body but the shoulder and neck area is a very common site for this. The nerves that run down to the arm travel down through the neck and deep in the shoulder to the arm itself. Muscle spasm and joints in the area can compress the nerves and cause both pain in the area and also referred pain and even sensations such as pins and needles, numbness and even weakness down into the arm.
Plantar Faciitis is an often very painful and debilitating condition that affects the sole of the foot. Usually caused by inflammation of the muscles and ligaments on the sole of the foot, it may be triggered by the arch of the foot dropping and constantly stretching the tissues and it often causes considerable difficulty with walking. Osteopaths work on the local tissues and joints to reduce the inflammation and also reduce the strain on the arches of the foot.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is an overuse injury occurring after a movement which is often insignificant in itself is repeated many times a day and week after week. The tendons which attach the muscle to the bone seem to take much of the brunt of these injuries and may become chronically inflamed, while the muscle itself may get to the point where it stays tight rather than relax after use almost like a cramp. Osteopaths tend to use techniques which work on these soft tissues in order to get them working properly again and can usually provide advice on how to avoid so much strain in the future.
Sciatica occurs due to pressure on the sciatic nerve and often occurs in conjunction with lower back or hip pain. The nerve itself is not the root of the problem but as it comes under pressure from adjacent structures such as discs, joints or muscles which have gone into spasm, the pressure is interpreted as pain in the areas that the nerve supplies such as the calf or foot. Much like other trapped nerves it can also cause feelings such as pins and needles, numbness or even weakness.

Treatment tends to focus on where the nerve is coming under pressure and relief of this will in turn alleviate the sciatic pain.
Frozen shoulder is a condition that is often only seen once it is well advanced and, at this stage, is characterised by severe immobility of the shoulder. At earlier stages the condition is often very painful and the muscles surrounding the shoulder very tender, but if caught at an early stage it is possible to prevent the loss of movement and avoid the condition progressing along its normal course which is often said to last 9 months.
Spondylitis literally this means inflammation of the spine and is very common especially in the neck. It often occurs after accidents, and sudden strains, and may be relieved by support of the area, such as a collar, and also eased by medication, however if the inflammation is being caused by mechanical problems with the joints and muscles it may be that treatment is required to alleviate those problems before the irritation will settle.
Spondylosis is a term that is used to describe wear and tear in the spine, and includes arthritic changes of the joints and degeneration of the discs. WHile these changes are more common in advancing years, they may also affect those of a younger age especially if there has been a history of disc problems or trauma in the area. Unfortunately many people are under the impression that nothing can be done for these problems, and although in severe cases this may be true, many people can receive treatment and advice, such as on gentle exercise, which may significantly improve their symptoms.