Following an episode of back pain, many patients lose their confidence and are nervous about injuring themselves again. Having experienced a prolapsed disc in my early twenties, I know only too well what that feels like but swimming was one form of exercise I could do and combined with Osteopathy, got me back on my feet.
For many, the first indication of having this condition is the pain from an osteoporotic fracture when it is usually diagnosed by a doctor using conventional radiography and by measuring the bone mineral density. However, Osteopaths are in a prime position to screen for osteoporosis and to educate those individuals at high risk about prevention and management.
At a recent Continual Professional Development meeting, a fellow Osteopath asked me “What is the most common sports injury that you treat?” I hadn’t consciously thought about it. A few years ago I would have said golf but concluded that now it is cycling. So from an Osteopath’s perspective, I would like to outline how best to achieve pain-free cycling and the benefits of it.
For those of you that are expecting a baby or have recently given birth, you may be only too aware of the physical and emotional strains experienced by becoming a mum. Low back pain is a common problem for many of the expectant mums I see but Osteopathy can help with so much more.
Did you know that it was considered unusual to have a child complaining of back pain? Unfortunately, it has recently become much more common and as an Osteopath, I see a meaningful number of children of all ages, including babies.