Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
by David Drysdale, Osteopath
Patient: Man 36 years
Complaint: Sudden onset of Low Back Pain and Sciatica while lifting at work 3 days earlier.
Treatment: No treatment was given at the first consultation, as the condition was too painful and inflamed - Treatment would have made the condition worse at this stage. The patient was instructed to rest at home for 3 days and take analgesics.
Treatment began 3 days later with Acupuncture and Spinal Manipulation. The patient was 80% improved 2 days later, when he had a second treatment.
The patient received a third treatment 1 week later, and was almost pain free by this stage. The patient was advised to return if he felt it necessary.
Prognosis: Good, but must take care to lift within his physical limit.