What do we treat?

What Do Osteopaths Treat?

Here are some of the conditions that osteopaths can treat. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so if you don't see your problem here just give us a call and we will let you know if we think we can help.
Back Pain
This is of course the most common problem that osteopaths treat and comes in many varieties, from chronic to acute, localised to radiating.
Sciatica or Trapped Nerve
This term really means leg pain which is caused by a problem with the back or pelvis. It sometimes includes a true nerve entrapment, but may simply be referred pain. This can also happen in the neck, leading to arm or hand pain.
Neck Pain
This may be acute, due to poor posture or occupation factors for example. It is also possible to pinch nerves in this area causing symptoms in the upper extremity.
Migraine Prevention
Migraine has many types and triggers. For some people mechanical problems, particularly in the neck can be a trigger. In these cases osteopathic treatment can help to prevent or reduce the frequency of migraine.

Neck Induced Headache
Also known as cervicogenic headache, this is a type of headache that is being triggered by a problem in the neck.
Shoulder Pain
This can be caused by a variety of injuries to tissues in and around the shoulder (e.g. tendon or rotator cuff). Shoulder pain can also be secondary to a problem affecting the neck ,upper back or scapular muscles.
Frozen Shoulder
Also called adhesive capsulitis, this condition leads to pain and marked stiffness of the shoulder joint.
Elbow and Wrist Pain
Some examples of problems in these areas include tennis and golfer's elbow, R.S.I. and carpel tunnel syndrome. Some of these may require a medical intervention such as steroid injection or even surgery, but many respond well to a more conservative approach which includes hands on treatment.

Muscle Spasm
This may be due to a problem with the affected muscle itself, but is often a response to an injury to a related structure (e.g. joint or disc strain).
The cause of this condition is currently unknown. Those who suffer from it experience widespread muscular tension, tenderness and pain.
This means "nerve pain". It may for example be due to compression or irritation of a nerve by a problem in the spine or by spasming muscles.
Sports Injuries
This is self explanatory I suppose. Examples include strains to muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Arthritic or Rheumatic Pain
These are the symptoms that unfortunately tend to affect most of us as we develop inevitable "wear and tear". Treatment is aimed at reducing the pain and stiffness and is obviously not a cure.
Hip Problems
Examples include muscle, joint or ligament strain. Early stage wear and tear can also be treated. A fairly common problem is a bursitis near the hip (Greater Trochanteric Bursitis).
Knee Problems
These may arise from injury (common with footballers) or occupational over loading (lots of kneeling or on haunches). Examples include meniscal tear, ligament damage and patellar dysfunction.
Ankle and Foot Problems
These can be due to injury, wear and tear or mechanical problems. Examples include Plantar fasciitis following a fallen arch or ankle ligament strain.

Sacroiliac Problems
The sacroiliac joints are in the pelvis and can be injured like any other joint. It is also possible to have a small misalignment across the joint which is sometimes referred to as a "twisted pelvis".
Structural Problems In Pregnancy
As the baby develops and grows, not only is there increased weight to contend with, but the woman's posture changes. Whilst this is natural it does not always run smoothly and may result in pain. Also hormonal changes soften ligaments which again is natural, but can alter the mechanical function of an area, sometimes leading to pain.
Cramp may be caused by chronically tight muscles or irritation of the nerve that supplies the cramping muscle. Cramp can also be caused by physiological problems which would require your doctor's help. Your osteopath will advise what is best in your case.
Don't see your problem listed?
If you have a problem that isn't listed above, that may not mean that we can't treat it. Please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to advise you whether or not we can help.