Learn how to fight back pain

Written by: Juan Fermín López Gil
Edited by: Top Doctors®

What are the causes of back pain?

The causes of back pain can be multiple and varied. Therefore, from the beginning it is important to establish a good clinical history of each patient because we can establish hypotheses, that is, assume that may have happened in the life of that person. Equally relevant is to take into account the injuries, major blows, traffic accidents or serious accidents suffered by that person, their surgical interventions; as well as possible situations that may be linked to your work activity, repetitive work or any damage that may have suffered that person at a certain time. Beyond all this, we must also take into account the physical activity that person performs, their diet, what affect any organ dysfunction or some organ that can reflect pain to the spine and, finally, the degree of stress that person may suffer.

How is back pain treated?

Back pain has various treatments. There are surgical treatments or outpatient interventions such as, for example, working with some type of infiltration. You can also try in many other ways, from physiotherapy to pilates exercises to reeducate posture. Although this type of local physiotherapeutic work is recommended under our osteopathic point of view, we always take into account, apart from the patient's clinical history, a global concept of the patient's body, not only of its structure but of situations that may aggravate that discomfort in the back.

How is back pain prevented?

The best way to prevent is to apply simple solutions to our life. The most important thing is to do a good physical activity that is pleasant to us. The body is designed for movement and our daily life, for the type of jobs that are more sedentary or fixed postures that we often have, lacks the lack of mobility that ultimately happens to us. It is also very important to try to reduce our stress levels to a minimum and have a balanced and healthy diet. We have to review what we eat because in many cases it inflames us and can give us certain problems related to back pain.

How does osteopathy affect back pain?

Osteopathy what it does is to establish a good clinical history of the patient and then make a good hypothesis. Try to find out or presuppose why that person may suffer from back pain. From there, every osteopath looks for what does not move well in the body. We do not look only where it bothers, but we look for why the trouble appears in that place. That is to say, we carry out a general analysis of the patient's whole position apart from the previous exploration that has been done with the interview and we try to make all the areas that do not have a good movement in the body balance with the idea that everything have good mobility and the symptoms improve. The work is done exclusively with the hands, although the osteopath addresses, not only the muscular and skeletal tissue, but also we work ligaments, viscera, mobility of systems, which may be influencing our position in an important way.

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 Juan Fermín López Gil

By Juan Fermín López Gil

It is an osteopath with over 15 years of experience and extensive training in the specialty centers of excellence, also combines his practice with his task master teacher.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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