Why do I have lower back pain?

Why do I have lower back pain?

What’s the cause of lower back pain?

How to help lower back pain?

It’s really important to remember that with problems that come and go (chronic problems), it’s often the everyday subtle changes that make a big difference rather than obvious one offs such as falls etc. Very often in a consultation patients will answer their own questions about the cause of the problem when pushed to consider subtle changes to daily activities and precise timings of the onset of their symptoms.

Even if you can't work out exactly how it happened think very carefully about what you have been doing over the previous weeks and even months:

Compare what you have been doing over the last weeks & months to your usual daily routine. In addition to new things you are doing also consider familiar things that you may have stopped doing. For example: you changed roles at work and need to get in earlier therefore you get an earlier train where you have to stand rather than sit or you used to walk to work and now get the bus. Subtle changes such as these can potentially have a huge amount of relevance to your symptoms

Mental and emotional stress can have a much bigger influence on your body than is often assumed, think about whether you are under the weather or whether you have been going through a tough time emotionally or if stress levels are at an all time high. Recognising and potentially finding solutions to these issues may have a positive effect on your symptoms.

For most people the first line of treatment received at the GP will be analgesic drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and codeine to name a few. Whilst these analgesics can provide some remedy for lower back pain they will often just mask symptoms which are a signal from your body that probably should not be ignored, would you ignore toothache?

In addition to this many people are told they “probably have arthritis” which can serve as nothing more than something to worry about without providing true understanding. It’s important to remember that arthritis causing lower back pain can’t be diagnosed without an X-ray so don't accept off the cuff suggestions such as these from any practitioner who has not conducted such an examination beforehand.

Joshua Moffatt has been working as an Osteopath for over 5 years and has had the pleasure of helping hundreds of patients back to their best.

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NB: This is intended not as de facto medical advice but as a helpful suggestion from an experienced medical practitioner. Always consult the advice of a qualified practitioner before taking any course of action in relation to lower back pain

Joshua Moffatt