Case 6: Sudden Onset Low Back Pain - Jason, a 22 year old student came to the practice complaining of severe recent onset low
back pain. The pain had come about 2 days earlier, during a rugby match, when he had been tackled.
Because of the traumatic onset, the Osteopath performed specific tests to eliminate the possibility
of a serious disc injury or fracture. If any danger signs had been noted Jason would have been referred for investigations such as X-ray or MRI scan.
In this case, the pain was due to a compression of a joint of the low back (the junction between the low back and the tail bone). The first treatment was based on gentle soft tissue work to relax the area of the pain. Advice was also given on techniques to reduce the inflammation in the area.
The second treatment was given 3 days later. At this time much of the local inflammation had already resolved. Because the low back was stuck a gentle manipulation of the spine was performed to release the compression within the joint.
After 2 more treatments Jason’s low back pain had completely resolved. He was advised on a programme of stretching and moderate exercise and no more pain was reported.