What do Osteopaths Treat?

Back Pain

Back pain is very common, almost half the adult population of the UK (49%) report low back pain lasting for at least 24 hours at some time in the year. 

The following factors can contribute to back pain:

  1. Having had back pain in the past
  2. Physical factors such as heavy physical work, frequent bending, twisting, lifting, pulling and pushing, repetitive work, static postures and vibrations
  3. Smoking and obesity
  4. Factors such as stress, anxiety, depression, job dissatisfaction and mental stress

Back pain, in particular persistent back pain, can have a significant impact on your life. It frequently reduces quality of life and adversely affects your family and social relationships. Up to 7% of people with acute back pain will develop chronic back pain. For this reason it is important to get early treatment to reduce the disabling symptoms and get advice on what to do to help your back recover as quickly as possible.

Fees

Initial consultation and treatment £50
Follow up visits at Wilmslow £46
Follow up visits at Hol-Med £43

Sciatica

Sometimes people with a back problem also experience symptoms into their leg and/or foot. This can be quite a severe pain or burning sensation and can be accompanied by pins and needles, numbness or weakness. This is caused by pressure on or irritation of the sciatic nerve which comes from your back down through your buttock and into your leg.

There are many causes of sciatica some of which will respond to treatment. We will take a thorough history and examine you to determine whether treatment is suitable or we may suggest that you need investigation for example a MR scan and advise you to see your GP for referral. We will explain what we are doing and why so that you fully understand and can make informed decisions about the best treatment pathway for you as an individual.

 

Neck Pain and Headaches

We will take a full medical history and examine you to determine the cause. If we feel it is appropriate we’ll give treatment or if necessary refer you to your GP if we feel that further investigation is necessary.

The vast majority or neck pain is nothing to worry about and can be helped by using soft tissue massage, joint mobilising and muscle stretching techniques to reduce spasm, improve range of movement and reduce pain and stiffness. We can also advise you on the best exercises to do to get you moving as quickly as possible and how to correct your posture to reduce reoccurrence.

Fees

Initial consultation and treatment £50
Follow up visits at Wilmslow £46
Follow up visits at Hol-Med £43

Shoulder Problems

Fees

Initial consultation and treatment £50
Follow up visits at Wilmslow £46
Follow up visits at Hol-Med £43

Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain

There are many conditions relating to the lower limb that people present with at our clinics from degenerative conditions e.g. arthritis of the hip or knee to sports injuries such as runners knee or accidents leading to ankle sprains.

When we examine the lower limb it is important to look at how everything interrelates. A painful knee may be a straight forward cartilage problem, arthritis or caused by a dropped foot arch and the altered movement pattern causing the knee to twist and eventually leading to pain. Pain in the knee could also be referred from a trapped nerve in the back or from an arthritic hip. So it is not always straight forward to diagnose. It is really important to come early with these problems so that the right diagnosis can be made and appropriate treatment and advice given to help speed recovery and avoid further injury.

To enable us to best help you we allow up an hour for your first appointment so that we can get a full picture of your current problem, your medical history and your lifestyle. Once we have completed an examination we will then explain and discuss your condition and outline how we can help you and explain what you can do to help yourself. This may for example include getting insoles to correct dropped foot arches, advice on exercises to strengthen specific muscles to help your limb work in a more functional way, or if it’s a sports injury how long to rest, when and how to increase the training for your chosen sport.

We recognise that you are an individual and endeavour to tailor a package of care to meet your specific needs.

Fees

Initial consultation and treatment £50
Follow up visits at Wilmslow £46
Follow up visits at Hol-Med £43

Tendonitis

A tendon is the tough band of fibrous tissue that joins muscle to bone. Tendons have various levels of flexibility depending on their function in the body.

Tendonitis is a condition where changes occur in the tendon causing it to become irritated and painful. This can be due to overuse or repetitive strain. These changes can lead to chronicity and degeneration of the tendon and tears can occur or occasionally the tendon can rupture completely. This can be affected by the type of activity you engage in, your age and your general health.

Tendons that are commonly prone to tendonitis are the Achilles, the rotator cuff of the shoulder and the tendons at the elbow joint (on the inside this is called golfers elbow, on the outside tennis elbow). 

Fees

Initial consultation and treatment £50
Follow up visits at Wilmslow £46
Follow up visits at Hol-Med £43

Arthritic Conditions

There are a number of different arthritic conditions some related to wear and tear of joints known as osteoarthritis, some are inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. 

Nerve Pain / Trapped Nerves