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The discs between each vertebrae can become damaged, traumatic onset often occurs when bending and twisting as this is when the discs are under most pressure. In this case the onset may be sudden and many people can record "feeling their back go". Pain can also arise as a result of degeneration of the disc, the space between the discs will narrow as a result and can lead to formation of boney growths within this space called osteophytes. Both of these can cause acute as well as chronic pain. The small joints in your spine (apophyseal joints) are also susceptible to damage, again this can be traumatic or degenerative. In all these cases pain is often exacerbated by long periods of sitting, changing position, walking, bending and lifting and is usually worse in the morning and relieve by gentle activity. Occasionally nerves can be compressed as a result, depending on the area of the injury this can cause symptoms into the legs, including pain, weakness, tingling and numbness. Pain radiating down the back of one or both legs is often reffered to as Sciatica as this is usually caused by irritation of the Sciatic Nerve. 


Trigger points within muscles can often make a significant contribution to the level of pain felt, it is less common for muscle pain to be the origin of the problem but they can become the main source of pain and can contribute length of recovery time. 


The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is a large joint between the iliac bones (hips bones) and and the sacrum (triangular bone at the base of the spine). It is held together by very strong ligaments so as a result has very little movement in it, however, a great deal of force goes through these joints to hold us upright which can lead to wear and tear and arthritis.


Pregnancy can be another cause of sacroiliac pain, during pregnancy the body releases hormones to relax ligaments in preparation for child birth. This allows for increased range of movement through the sacroiliac joints leading to increased stress and abnormal wear. The additional weight and altered gait (walking pattern) adds further stress to the joint. Any condition which may alter normal gait will have an impact of sacroiliac function, this includes injury to the ankle, knee and hip. In these cases it is especially important to perform a full analysis of biomechanics as treating the underlying condition will most often result in SIJ pain reducing. 


The most common symptom of SIJ disorders is pain, this can be in the lower back, hips, groin or thigh. This is typically worse with standing/walking and relived by rest, although sitting in one position for a long period can also be uncomfortable. 


By taking and detailed case history and carrying out some clinical tests your Osteopath will be able to establish the root cause of your pain and any contributing factors. If suitable, your Osteopath will carry out treatment as well as offer advice. Where appropriate exercises will be given to initially help manage the pain and eventually to rehabilitate your back. 


Lower back pain can sometimes be a symptom of a serious underlying medial condition, please always consult a medical professional. 


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