“When should I have treatment”? Good question. Standard osteopathic answer “It depends”
So when would I recommend treatment?
I am going to talk about the spine, but remember osteopaths do deal with other joints as well, so the same advice applies.
I think for ease there are three categories:
- You are fit and well and have not had previous problems. You have a fall, or moved awkwardly and you get pain in your spine. You have applied first aid type remedies, warmth/cold/pain relief and gentle mobilising. After a couple of days the pain isn’t resolving much. I would suggest you book a treatment session. We can have a good look at you, make a diagnosis of the problem and tailor make a treatment/exercise programme for you.
How much treatment will I need? Again it depends on your level of health and fitness and what the diagnosis is, but given you haven’t had back issues in the past, the problem should resolve fairly quickly.
You will be advised on your first consultation how many treatments you may need.
- You are fairly fit and active, but have a history of back problems over the past few years. You get problems occasionally, often associated with activity i.e. gardening. You may have consulted the GP in the past but probably just been given pain relief. Your spine can feel stiff and also you may recognise the warning signs that your back isn’t very happy. Ideally you come for treatment when you pick up the warning signs. I frequently hear from people that they have ignored the niggles and then a full-blown back pain attack occurs. It is easier (and quicker) to settle the warning signs, rather than a full-blown attack of pain.
- You have a history of back pain with or without sciatica. You may have prolapsed a disc at some point; you may have seen the GP several times and possibly had further investigations i.e. x-rays or MRI scans. You may have had surgery.
Are you a suitable candidate for treatment? Probably. At your first consultation a comprehensive history will be taken, tests and examinations done to check what is happening and whether treatment will help. Reversing the clock isn’t an option, but dealing with the aftermath of the problems is. Treatment may well help if you are having an acute episode, but also regular intervention may help with pain relief and stopping problems developing further.
I offer free 15-minute consultations where we can discuss your options. Why live with pain when there may be a solution?
If you think I may be able to help give me a call, I will be happy to help.