Low Back Pain

Lower back pain is the most common condition people from the Stourbridge area come to the practice for help with. This painful condition is also the one we have the highest success rate in and 70% of new patients are from those who the practice has helped, not just with lower back pain, but many of the other conditions as well

Low back pain can originate from a number of sources, causing pain in the lower back or legs, and it is the primary job of the Osteopath to find where the pain originates from, before treatment can safely begin.

  • Discs – or more precisely, and slightly more unattractive,  Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). The soft material between the spinal bone segments (vertebra) suffer wear & tear (become torn or ‘bulge’), and while DDD is a normal part of ageing and for many people never becomes a problem, others can experience severe pain & discomfort. This can be experienced either as referred pain into the lower back, buttocks, ‘pins & needles’ into the legs, giving way or weak knees.  Some terms you may come across relating to a DDD related diagnosis are herniated disc,  Spondylolysissponylolithesis, spinal stenosis These conditions can respond well to osteopathic treatment


If you suspect you have a bulging disc (“slipped disc“) it is vitally important you understand how certain things will make the bulge worse, and to avoid them…
1) sitting
2) hot baths
3) bending forwards
4) driving
All the above will put increased pressure on the damaged disc and will likely increase the bulge.

  •  SI joints, or sacro-iliiac joints. These large joints located just below the lower back can become dysfunctional causing severe pain on walking, standing, or standing from sitting. This condition is usually very quickly remedied in a single treatment. Patients often point directly to the joint itself, rather than moving their hand across a larger area of the lower back (other lower back pain condition), and it is normally very tender to the touch. SI joint dysfunction can sometimes cause tingling into the leg of the affected side (so called sciatica)
  • Osteoarthritis. This very common condition of what is commonly referred to as natural wear & tear is the rubbing away of facet joint (the many tiny joints in the spine which interact with each other to allow spinal movement) surfaces. This arthritis causes stiffness & pain. There are many other forms of wear & tear in the spine, your osteopath will diagnose the exact type on your first assessment.


British Osteopathic Association (BOA) Exercise Videos

Highly recommended are these videos from the BOA’s web site – link