I’ve got a bone to pick with you!
To coincide with this year’s Bone and Joint Week 12-20 October 2019, Christina Hood, Principal Osteopath, is raising awareness about musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, which is the UK’s biggest cause of ill-health.
MSK-related problems, issues with muscles, joints and bones, are the second largest cause of work absence, with an estimated 28.2 million working days lost per year. One in three people will experience lower back pain at least once in their lives, while one in eight adults are diagnosed, and are living with, a long-term MSK condition such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Life doesn’t have to stop
That’s the bad news! The good news is, even if you have an MSK-related condition, life doesn’t have to stop.
At the Clinic, we treat many patients who fit into this category and much can be done to help them lead a full life. Our osteopaths use a multi-factorial approach. The first aim is pain relief, aiding patients to become more active and start returning to normal life. The next step is in building their confidence and changing attitudes towards pain – many people believe that if it hurts then they are causing more damage to themselves. This is often not the case and unless this belief is overcome, recovery can be greatly hindered.