Which allied health practitioner should you turn to if you are suffering from lower back pain?
- A chiropractor?
- An osteopath?
- A physiotherapist?
While all of these may be able to help, if you are still experiencing problems, then chances are your local podiatrist may hold the key to a pain-free future.
But hang on a second – don’t podiatrists look after your feet?!
Why a Podiatrist can help you with Lower Back Pain
While it’s true that podiatrists (or chiropodists in the UK) assess and treat conditions and injuries of the feet and lower limbs, they may also be able to help if you are suffering from back pain.
It all depends on what is causing the problem.
Remember the old song which you may have sung as a child:
“The ankle bone’s connected to the shin bone,
The shin bone’s connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone,
The hip bone’s connected to the back bone … etc “
And there you have the answer: because our bodies are made up of a complex network of muscle, bone, ligaments, etc, when one part is affected, it can cause pain and suffering in other areas.
What this means is that if there is a problem with the function and/or structure of your feet, your body will begin to compensate as you walk, run and play sport. You won’t even be aware that your body is doing this, but over time the extra stress and strain can result in problems with lower back pain.
So if you are suffering from chronic back pain and are searching for a way to fix the problem, perhaps it’s time to pay a visit to your local podiatrist clinic!