We all know that a fracture or trauma sometimes explains back pain. This is the case following a fall, a road or sports accident, or the side effects of surgery or radiation therapy, for example. We forget that many other factors are often the cause of back pain. Here are some of them;
- A morphological cause, for example, which would force the body to great efforts of compensation, and which would lead to pressures, tensions and undue loads on certain structures, as in the case of scoliosis or significant differences in leg length, or asymmetries in the pelvis, or even the skull.
- There are circulatory causes, which cause the musculature to not receive the oxygen and nutrients necessary for its functions, and accumulate deficits day after day, or that tendons, joint capsules, ligaments and other structures pile up toxins and waste products from the metabolism, and fail to regenerate.
- There are metabolic causes, such as acidosis, or other imbalances in the composition of the blood that can promote inflammatory states There are toxemic causes, as in the case of exposure to high levels of pollutants or toxic substances, which the organs of elimination fail to expel. These factors lead to cellular dysfunctions. Cells “suffer”.
- There are all types of neuralgia and neuropathies. This is the case, for example, when a nerve is pinched or compressed because of an injury, crushed, or herniated intervertebral disc, or a spasm muscle.
- There are also the disordered reflexes, causing a muscle to always be contracted. The permanent contraction of a muscle causes nutrient and oxygen deficits at the cellular level. This leads locally to sensations of “dots”, burning, etc.
- There are causes related to energy routes, such as when an old or recent scar interrupts an energy circuit (meridian), causing a metabolic imbalance in the affected area.
- Psy causes … stress…
It is during the evaluation that the osteopath detects the cause (s) of the patient’s pain. Making a good assessment is essential to the success of care. As soon as the cause is identified, the osteopath continues with the treatment.