Lower Back Pain

Most people – 8 out of 10 in fact – suffer from low back pain at some point in their life. The pain can be muscular or can be from discs, bones, ligaments, joints or nerves and can result from a large variety of conditions. These can be restricted facet joints, sacroiliac restriction or a ‘twisted pelvis’, disc bulge or, Spondylolisthesis or ‘slipped disc’, muscle spasm, arthritis – Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, PMR or Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Ankylosing spondylosis, Ligament Strain.

Low back pain can result in a number of symptoms:lower back pain

• Local specific pain which you can put your finger on and say ‘the pain is here’
• Feeling unwell and as if the lower back is hot and swollen
• Stiffness in the mornings for about an hour and then it eases off
• Feels like one leg is longer than the other, or one trouser leg seems longer than the other one
• Constant deep ache in the lower back on both sides, which refers into the buttocks, relieved by curling up into a ball but increased by standing or sitting
• Restricted movements of the lower back giving pain which is ‘electric’ ‘sharp’ ‘shooting’ down the leg
• Catching sensation when bending over
• Ache especially during menstruation
• Foot feels limp and weak, may even feel like the foot is dragging on the floor when walking
• Very restricted movements of the torso in more than one direction, difficulty breathing and aching around the sacroiliac joints.


Regardless of the symptoms, the team at the RJ Clinic can help to identify the cause of your lower back pain, administer the necessary treatment to relieve symptoms and advise how you can reduce the chances of the pain recurring with lifestyle and exercise changes. Your Osteopath will go through a range of questions with you on your Initial Consultation which will help us to understand the cause of the pain, and a treatment plan will be tailor made for your diagnosis.

Please note: if the cause of the discomfort is not mechanical in nature (due to damage to the muscles, joints, ligaments or tendons) and is due to some other underlying issue, then the Osteopath will be able to refer you to the correct health professional to help deal with your symptoms.


To make an appointment or to discuss whether treatment at the RJ Clinic can help your back pain, please do contact us.