Osteopaths work with people of all ages to help them manage their pain and improve their general health and wellbeing. Here, patients share their stories of how osteopathy has helped them get back to doing the things they love.
Dave's story: A pain in the neck
When IT engineer Dave started working from home, he soon noticed a pain developing in his neck.
“I had worked in IT for 16 years before the lockdown and although it’s technically a desk job, I was still quite active during the day – I’d be up and moving during my train commute, in between meetings and when out working on client sites,” Dave said.
“But this all stopped once I started working from home – I probably spent all day in front of the computer for two years, I stopped exercising and my posture was terrible due to poor office ergonomics.
“I started to feel this unbearable pain in my neck and when I sought treatment from an osteopath, I discovered I had an acute neck injury from a disk bulge which landed me in a neurosurgeon’s office.
“I was worried that I’d need surgery, but thankfully I started to improve after appointments with an osteopath every two weeks and referral to weekly appointments with an exercise physiologist.
“I am so lucky that it was caught early, it could have been so much worse if I had waited to get help. Now, after changing my office ergonomics and receiving regular treatment, I am feeling so much better and have been able to avoid more invasive interventions,” he said.
Susanne's story: Rheumatoid arthritis
Susanne is an author, publishing books for children and young adults. She was a 19-year-old university student when she first noticed her arthritis when her hands, knees and elbows began to spasm.
After visiting the medical centre at Sydney University, she was told by doctors she had rheumatoid arthritis. Her condition is intermittent, meaning some days the pain is so intense she is bedridden, while on other days she is able to get on with her life and continue her day-to-day activities.
Despite this, Susanne is grateful for the osteopathy treatments that she receives allow her to continue to do the things she loves.
Tamara's story: Arthritis in the neck
When Aussie mum of four, Tamara was hospitalised in her late 20s with headaches, vomiting and a tingling down her arm, she received a life-changing diagnosis when doctors found a bone spur growing into her spinal cord as a result of the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis.
“It took three years to find a surgeon willing to perform surgery because I needed a disk replacement, and the risk was extremely high,” Tamara says. “The saddest part was when the doctors advised me against having any more children because of my condition.”
“While I was waiting for my surgery, I started osteopathic treatment and I’m walking today because of those treatments, plus I went on to have another beautiful baby who is now six years old!
“I still get lots of different symptoms, which I manage with osteopathy. My osteopath also provides clinical pilates, a self-guided exercise and strengthening program and collaboration with a remedial masseur. I work full time and I’m a busy mum with four children. My quality of life is only as good as it is because of my osteopath,” she says.
Claire's story: Osteoarthritis
Claire, aged 55, has osteoarthritis in both knees which has caused secondary pain in her lower back. She has had one total knee replacement and will eventually need to have her other knee replaced.
Claire uses osteopathy to manage her pain. Her osteopath provides manual therapy, pain management advice, education and exercises to keep her active and participating in her work as a nurse. This included helping Claire to prepare for her knee replacement followed by surgical recovery and rehabilitation.
Manual therapy provides symptomatic relief, and Claire’s osteopath works alongside her GP and orthopaedic specialist to help her to manage her pain. This includes helping Claire to understand her condition and what she needs to do when the pain becomes chronic to improve her general health and wellbeing.
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