Mechanical Low Back Pain

Cambridge Low Back Pain Clinic

Our Cambridge Low Back Pain Clinic has an osteopath that uses manual therapy and prescriptive exercise to reduce the severity of the pain and improve mobility and stability of the lower back. The treatment is bespoke and tailored to each person needs.

It’s not always possible to identify the cause of back pain but it’s rarely anything serious.

Most low back pain is what’s known as “non-specific” (there’s no obvious cause) or “mechanical” (the pain originates from the joints, bones or soft tissues in and around the spine).

This type of back pain:

  • tends to get better or worse depending on your position – for example, it may feel better when sitting or lying down
  • typically feels worse when moving – but it’s not a good idea to avoid moving your back completely, as this can make things worse
  • can develop suddenly or gradually
  • might sometimes be the result of poor posture or lifting something awkwardly, but often occurs for no apparent reason
  • may be due to a minor injury such as sprain (pulled ligament) or strain (pulled muscle)
  • can be associated with feeling stressed or run down
  • will usually start to get better within a few weeks

Medical conditions that cause low back pain

Conditions that can cause back pain include:

  • a slipped (prolapsed) disc (a disc of cartilage in the spine pressing on a nerve) – this can cause back pain and numbness, tingling and weakness in other parts of the body . Read our Guide to Lumbar Disc Hernation
  • sciatica (irritation of the nerve that runs from the lower back to the feet) – this can cause pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs and feet. See our page on Sciatica
  • ankylosing spondylitis (swelling of the joints in the spine) – this causes pain and stiffness that’s usually worse in the morning and improves with movement
  • spondylolisthesis (a bone in the spine slipping out of position) – this can cause lower back pain and stiffness, as well as numbness and a tingling sensation

Low Back Pain Treatment with Manual Therapy

If the pain has a musculoskeletal origin or cause, then we can provide manual therapy treatment to help reduce the pain severity and improve joint mobility.

Cam Osteopathy

For more information about our cambridge low back pain clinics, go to the home page or to book an appointment with an osteopath, then click on the bookings page. Alternatively Email us at or call on 07982 432732

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