We see people with back pain every day. Injuries from gardening, sports, gym injuries, arthritis  and sometimes for no apparent reason. Whether it is lower back or upper back pain and whatever set off your back pain, we can help you

About 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. This is commonly referred to as 'lower back pain'. The back pain can be related to movement or worse for sitting and getting up, driving or at night in bed.


With early, effective treatment and advice from Oxford Osteopaths, most people will see a great improvement in their back pain quickly.


Acute back pain – defined as lasting less than 6 weeks, is very common. It is estimated that around 80% of the UK adult population will have a significant episode of back pain in their life. Around 10% of the population have back pain at any given time. It can come on quite suddenly, or over time, and can range from a mild pain or ache to quite severe pain. Back pain can be caused by lifting heavy items or moving awkwardly. However, more often than not, acute back pain comes on without any specific injury to your back. 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, is less common than 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. This type of back pain usually requires a more structured approach to treatment and long term management. Oxford Osteopaths will work with you, choosing the right treatment and advice for your chronic back pain.

Sciatica back pain


Sciatica is a pain that travels down from your lower back or buttock, to your foot with tingling or numbness. 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.

We can help

Our practitioners are renowned for their efficiency in diagnosing and treating back pain. Whatever the cause or source of your back pain, our osteopaths will identify the route cause and get you back to being pain free.