Lower back pain

John, a thirty-three year old father of four is a self-employed machine driver. He spends his day sitting in a cab operating a digger. He came hobbling into the practice reporting that getting down from his digger that day he had felt his "back go". He was leaning over sideways and in a lot of pain. After assessing his movements and examining his back his osteopath explained that one of the small joints in his back had "locked" and this was the source of the problem.

His improvement following his first treatment was marked so much so that one further treatment was all that was required to resolve this episode. He was advised however, that given the sedentary nature of his occupation he should take more exercise and that as a minimum he needed to get out of his cab and walk around a lot more often than he was doing.