Back Pain

Oxford osteopaths have many years experience in diagnosing and treating ‘Back Pain’. We take a professional approach to your care and where appropriate will refer you to your GP for imaging or other specialist evaluation.

What is Back Pain?

Back pain is a very common problem in the UK - with eight out of ten people suffering from it at some point during their lives.

It can affect anyone, at any age, and is usually caused by a sprain or a strain of the muscles, ligaments, joints or discs in the back. Most of us know that this can be very painful, and inconvenient, but it is not serious.

Most people experience back pain on one or both sides of their backs but may also feel it around their hips and buttocks and occasionally into one or both thighs. But with early, effective treatment and advice from Oxford osteopaths, most people will see a great improvement in their back pain quickly.

Chronic back pain can last much longer and usually requires a more planned approach to treatment and management.

Acute back pain – defined as lasting less than 6 weeks

It is so common - 80% of the adult population in this country will have a significant episode of back pain in their life. Around 10% of the population have back pain at any one time. It can come on quite suddenly, or over time, and can be caused by lifting or moving awkwardly. However, more often than not, acute back pain comes on without any specific injury to your back. The pain can come on suddenly, or over time and can range from a mild pain or ache to quite severe pain.


At Oxford osteopaths we will help choose the right treatment to get you moving again quickly.

Chronic Back Pain – defined as lasting more 3 months.

Like acute back pain, but the pain and distress can last for much longer and it can have a big impact on your day-to-day life. It can often be associated with stress and some level of depression. Chronic back pain can range from a mild pain or ache, to a more severe pain. Chronic back pain usually requires a more structured approach to treatment and management. Oxford osteopaths will work with you, choosing the right treatment and advice for your condition.


Sciatica is a pain that travels down from your lower back or buttock, to your foot. It usually happens when the material between the discs which separate the bone in your spine, pushes or bursts out of the disc protection area and irritates the sciatic nerve. Swollen muscles, joints or ligaments can also irritate the nerve causing sciatica. The pain is often a severe shooting pain, sometimes accompanied with pins and needles or numbness.