What conditions do Osteopaths most commonly treat?
Osteopaths are best known for the treatment of low back pain, neck pain and headaches. They are however qualified to treat any musculo-skeletal condition. Common complaints for which people consult as Osteopath include:
- Back and neck pain
- Sciatica and femoratica
- Muscle injuries
- Pains in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees, ankles, wrists
- Overuse syndromes (repetitive strain): RSI, OOS, carpal tunnel syndrome, iliotibial band inflammation, trochanteric bursitis.
- Tendonitis: achillies, patella tendonitis, rotator cuff, forearm flexors
- Sports injuries
- Postural issues – pain that occurs while sitting or standing for long periods
- Babies and infants
Because Osteopaths have wide variety of techniques available to them, treatment can be tailored toward individuals who may require more gentle treatment. This is of particular relevance to infants, the more elderly patient and mothers to be.
Osteopathy can also play a significant role in management of arthritic conditions and can be used in conjunction with medical treatment to reduce the severity of conditions such as asthma and polymyalgia rheumatica.