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Back Pain

Wellness Osteo offers osteopathic services for upper and lower back pain, complete with an individual rehabilitation and management plan.

Osteopathic treatment for back pain

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Back pain is a common condition – one in six Australians suffer from back pain at some point in their life. At Wellness Osteo, we see a lot of lower back pain patients, and it is something we truly enjoy treating since it can have such a big impact on a patient’s daily activities.

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How does osteopathic treatment for back pain work?

Our treatment approach begins with taking a thorough history of your back pain. Understanding the history of an injury assists us in understanding the cause of the pain and also what goals you might like to achieve when returning to normal activity. Common causes of back pain include:

 

 

We then undertake a comprehensive physical examination to confirm the cause of your pain. We will perform a postural assessment, range of motion tests, functional tests, orthopaedic tests, and a neurological exam.

 

Once complete, your osteopath will discuss your prognosis (back pain treatment plan) with you. We will discuss the working diagnosis (cause) of your pain, treatment options, whether referral may be needed, education on activity modification and ergonomics. Finally, you will receive an individual rehabilitation plan focused on achieving your goals.

We then set about using a wide variety of manual therapy techniques to assist with your lower back pain, which may include:

 

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Dry needling therapy
  • Rocktape
  • Myofascial release
  • Functional cupping
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • HVLA or manipulations

 

We’ll finish up by retesting the regions tested before treatment to gauge the change in the local tissues and range of motion.  We then summarise your management plan to ensure that you go home understanding how we plan on managing your pain to get you back to doing what you love!

 

At home, you will be armed with a specific rehabilitation program to start rebuilding strength and increasing mobility. This video-based program will be tailored specifically to you, with gradual progressions aimed at getting you moving better faster.