Our backs provide our core support as we perform our daily activities. Because of their keystone role, any number of problems throughout the body can end up leading to back pain. Some examples include abdominal muscle weakness, pelvic imbalances, one leg shorter than the other, one shoulder more restricted, and more. Of course, problems can also arise in the back itself, such as herniated discs, arthritis, degenerative changes, and inflammation. When a client is experiencing these problems, they should back pain treatment immediately.
It is important to realize that just because you were diagnosed with a herniated disc or degenerative changes does not mean that this is the cause of your back pain. Recent studies have shown that most pain-free individuals have spinal disc problems on imaging, which suggests that disc disease may be an incidental finding on imaging that then is blamed for the patient’s back pain. This is why some studies have shown that nearly 1 in 4 patients still experience back pain after having a herniated disc removed.
Back pain is one of the best-researched conditions improved with osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). It has been shown to be as effective, and often more effective than traditional treatment strategies such as long-term therapy, medications, and surgery. Consider an evaluation by an osteopathic musculoskeletal specialist to see if OMT is an appropriate place to start treatment for your back pain.