Pain in Hertford and Hoddesdon?

Back Pain

Back pain is an extremely common problem, affecting up to 80% of the population at some stage in their life and up to half the adult population in any one year. In most instances back pain, whilst painful, is nothing serious, and usually responds well to osteopathic treatment when dealt with promptly. Whilst it is often difficult to identify a single cause for the back pain, it is more likely to involve strain to several structural aspects in the back. Simple measures can be taken to reduce the likelihood of developing back pain and to reduce the impact of existing back pain. Your osteopath will give you a thorough medical examination followed by a physical assessment of your spine, and then discuss your condition and the proposed course of treatment to help resolve this. Any relevant advice regarding, for example, your posture, exercise and any lifestyle changes will also be addressed.

Neck Pain

As with lower back pain, most neck pain, whilst a distressing complaint, is generally not serious in nature and can respond very well to gentle osteopathic treatment. It may often be referred to as 'non-specific'. There can be more 'specific' and sometimes more serious disorders affecting the neck, which your osteopath will need to rule out by taking a thorough case history. Some of these more unpleasant causes may still respond to osteopathy but will usually need to be investigated further so as to ensure that osteopathy is right for you or that you receive another more suitable treatment for this.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint and there are many causes. If you have shoulder pain some common causes include:
• Rotator cuff tendonitis/Bursitis
• Rotator cuff tear
• Frozen shoulder
• Calcific Tendonitis
• Shoulder instability
• Dislocation
• Arthritis
Your treatment options will depend a entirely on the cause of your shoulder pain. It is therefore paramount that you first understand the cause of the symptoms before embarking on a treatment programme. Please contact Hertford Osteopaths to discuss your problem and to assess your suitability for treatment.


This common condition causes pain and inflammation within the joint, and affects around 10 million people in the UK. There are many different types of arthritis but the main 2 types of are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
• Osteoarthritis is a normal process associated with ageing. Affecting an estimated 8.5 million people, it is characterized by the erosion of the joint cartilage, and the subsequent rubbing together of the underlying bony surfaces, causing new bone growth. Symptoms most commonly appear after the age of 50 but can affect people of all ages. Typical areas affected are the spine, hips, knees and hands.
• Rheumatoid arthritis is more severe but less common, affecting approximately 400,000 people in the UK. It is an autoimmune disease and occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys the affected joints, causing pain and swelling. It often starts between the ages of 40 and 50, and tends to be more common in females.
Whilst osteopathy cannot reverse these permanent changes within the joint, it can be very helpful in relaxing the muscles around the affected joint and improving the movement in other areas to compensate for this restriction. With advice on simple exercise, lifestyle and diet, osteopathy may be able to offer some relief from the long-term symptoms associated with this painful condition.

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