Low back pain and neck pain are common complaints for many residents of the UK. LBP affects around 20% of the UK population each year and leads to 1 in 5 of us consulting our GP about it (NICE guideline 88, 2009, p.5). Neck pain is also common, affecting 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men between 45-75 years of age (EMIS, 2010, Version 39), but to date there are no NICE guidelines in existence for nonspecific neck pain. Both neck pain and low back pain often cause sufferers to take prolonged periods from work.
Back pain may come from a wide variety of structures including muscles, ligaments, joint capsules, discs and nerves. During your treatment and consultation the osteopath will spend a considerable amount of time ascertaining what structure may be causing the discomfort. By doing this the best treatment may be delivered