Most of us experience back pain at some point in our lives. Maybe you ‘felt something go’ or perhaps you have had worsening discomfort for a long time and assumed it’s just something you have to ‘learn to live with’? At the POC, back pain is the most common condition that we see and we have had a lot of experience at treating it.
There are many structures in the spine that could give you pain. By asking detailed questions, and examining your back carefully we aim to identify which structure is causing problems and why. Heavy lifting, a sedentary lifestyle, lack of fitness, repetitive movement, osteoarthritis, a poorly designed workstation and postural difficulties can all contribute to back pain. Once we have you on the road to recovery we will discuss any aggravating factors there may be and suggest ways to avoid them.
Each treatment is tailor made for your unique problem!
Nick C. is in his early 50’s and has a job in a care home which often requires awkward lifting. He came to see us after experiencing sudden pain in his low back 5 days earlier which was showing no signs of improvement. When Nick came to the clinic he couldn’t stand up straight and was leaning over to his left side. He was very concerned that he would have to miss time at work and was recommended to come and see us by his G.P.
Nick was in a lot of pain but we were able to diagnose a probable strain to one of his lumbar discs and after an initial gentle treatment session he was able to cope at work. Following his 2nd treatment he was comfortable enough to receive some manipulation to his lumbar spine and this dramatically improved his pain. When we saw him again he was standing up straight and said that he felt 80-90% better.
We encouraged him to take up yoga again which he enjoyed and explained the exercises which would most benefit him as well as some which he should avoid. He left the clinic with advice about ways to avoid problems in the future so that he could enjoy more quality time with his young daughter.
Osteopaths are trained primary care providers and are skilled in diagnosing problems, including those which may require further investigation if necessary.
Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day with more than seven million consultations carried out every year (General Osteopathic Council).
I contacted Mike after being in some considerable pain and prescribed diazepam by my GP. I can honestly say that after my second visit, which was today, the difference is incredible. Highly recommended for the ‘practical’ benefit of how much better I feel but also for the friendly, honest and warm nature that I have experienced.
Melanie (via Facebook)
“I was referred by my GP due to worsening arthralgia and back pain. My GP was also a patient and told me what to expect.
I was delighted that most of the treatment was gentle and effective. It keeps my muscles and joints mobile and reduces my pain and stiffness enabling me to enjoy life more.
I would highly recommend P.O.C. and have done on many occasions.”
A. Hunt, 56
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Plympton Osteopathic Clinic
70 Ridgeway, Plymouth, PL7 2AL
Call 01752 347663