Finally research has shown that injections and surgery for back pain is wrongly advised to patients and could actually be harmful.

Don’t get me wrong, as an osteopath we do sometimes recommend that further action is required to patients that are not improving from treatment but often we are treating patients that are already on the waiting list to have a steroid injection but require pain relief whilst they wait.

Osteopaths are trained to recognise ‘red flag’ symptoms and know when a scan is deemed appropriate to rule out any underlying causes. In this instance we would refuse to treat and refer this patient straight back to their GP.

As a society we are putting increasing amounts of pressure on our spines that puts us at a risk of slipped discs or muscle strain. The Netflix binging, and phone culture is putting undue stress on our posture and we are seeing a marked increase in younger people coming into the clinic suffering with back pain.

Usually a change in lifestyle as the BBC article refers to, is all a person needs in order to make a difference to their level of pain. Sometimes they may have a scoliosis or ‘twisted pelvis’ which can contribute to their intensity of pain but by changing the way they sit and how much exercise they do a patients symptoms can greatly improve.

Sometimes it’s just about seeing the right professional to get the correct advice.

Your back is incredibly strong, IF you look after it.


You can read the original BBC article here.

Written by Anisha Joshi,
Director Woodside Osteopathic Clinic, Hitchin.