This patient presented with a fifteen year history of repeated episodes of acute low back pain twice a year that left her bed-bound and in agony. Each episode was a similar story; she would bend to make a simple movement, such as to dry her legs after a shower or to pick her clothes up from the floor, and her back would go into spasm. Her relief was in the form of very strong painkillers or muscle relaxants and being unable to move, she would be off work for at least two weeks with the pain. Having sought repeated help from her doctor, she was referred for xrays which showed early degenerative changes in her mid-back (upper lumbar spine) and she was offered more pain killers. After another painful episode and two weeks off of work, she was recommended to come to Balance-Rite Osteopathy Clinic by another satisfied patient. Continue reading to see how her case was handled differently.
After a full assessment at Balance-Rite Osteopathy Clinic the following mechanical dysfunctions were found:
- Her pelvis was rotating towards the right (see bottom red line in upper photograph)
- Her shoulder girdle was level at the top of her shoulders (see top red line in upper photograph)
- Her mid-back was rotated to the right (see middle red line in upper photograph)
When you consider the twisted position in which her body is being held, in both a global and macroscopic view as occurs in assessment at our clinic, it is clear to see why this patient is suffering from repeated episodes of mid-back back pain and muscle spasm after bending or twisting. With such torsioning occurring throughout her whole musculo-skeletal framework, it would only take a very simple movement to take the joints of her mid-back to the end of their range of movement, before a protective muscle spasm would prevent her damaging those joints. Her whole musculo-skeletal framework was not functioning mechanically as it should and this showed in the results of her xrays, with early degeneration in this forty six year old woman.
As you can see in the ‘before and after treatment’ photographs on the right, corrective treatment using our whole body adjustment approach, has resulted in improved balance of her musculo-skeletal structures and whole body framework. The rotations of the pelvis and shoulder girdle are much improved, as can be seen from the lower two red lines in the bottom photograph. They now run more parallel to that of the top red line as they pass across the mid back muscles and the buttocks, compared to the same lines in the top photograph.
As this patients problem had been persistent for fifteen years, the correction of these tissues took a course of three months of treatment, before commencing a maintenance program. Now a year since first attending our clinic, she has experienced no further acute episodes of muscle spasm and not had to miss any further time sick from work due to back pain.