MORE ABOUT BACK PAIN
Pain associated with the musculoskeletal system impacts one in three Australians and while chronic pain is the most common reason that people seek medical help, it remains one of the most misunderstood areas of healthcare.
Chronic pain can disrupt the quality of life and become debilitating. A third of patients who experience chronic pain will experience higher levels of psychological distress, one in five will suffer from depression and the probability of early retirement because of pain-related disability increases by 40%.
Pain can affect people of all ages, races and genders and one in five GP consultations involves a patient suffering from chronic pain. Further to this many patients do not receive an explanation of their pain. This can leave people feeling confused, isolated and not knowing where to turn next.
At Pakenham osteopathy, we always provide our new clients with a management plan so they are well informed about what is causing their back pain and what they can do to help speed up their recovery.
Treating chronic pain can involve a wide range of medications and invasive procedures or surgeries and these can all have adverse side effects. Australians are now increasingly choosing non-medicated pain treatments which is why Osteopathy is currently one of the fastest growing healthcare professions.
Osteopaths are trained to understand how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation function as a unified body. We also look at the underlying causes of chronic pain along with individual lifestyle factors, to create a personalised and holistic treatment plan.
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