Frequently, low back pain is accompanied by sciatica, pain down one leg. This type of leg pain, often experienced as nerve-type pain, is the result of inflammation near the nerves which exit the spine close to the vertebrae and the discs.
Osteopathic treatment helps release the inflammation in the area of the nerves and nerve roots and thereby, relieve sciatic pain which can be very debilitating. The manual treatment also focuses on the muscles to reduce spasm which is a significant factor in the pain you are experiencing.
Many studies have confirmed that the degenerative disc changes (often referred to as ‘slipped discs’) seen on CTs and MRIs are part of the normal aging process. Fifty-two percent of people 30-years old and eighty percent of people 50 years of age and older have degenerative changes on their imaging reports. However, these reports are of people who do not have pain. In other words, the majority of us have ‘slipped discs’ and we don’t even know about it.
So what causes the common back pain, often accompanied by sciatica, from which eighty percent of the population suffers at some point in their lives, if not the wear and tear in our spines?
The inflammation and muscle spasm which commonly develops around the spinal changes (wear and tear) has been shown to cause pain and be the result of poor lifestyle habits such as: incorrect posture particularly when sitting and bending, lack of appropriate exercise and stretching, and excess emotional and physical stress.
Sheera, at the Jerusalem Osteopathic Center, has over 20 years of experience helping people like you return to a pain-free, active life both with her professional manual treatment and her helpful lifestyle advice.