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Why doesn´t my doctor recommend osteopaths for lower back pain / sciatica?

By |2019-01-17T14:19:19+00:00January 17th, 2019|Treatments that Work|0 Comments

I honestly don´t know.  But here are some possible reasons your doctor may not want you to consult an osteopath for low back pain / sciatica.

Your doctor doesn´t really know what osteopathy is, or what osteopaths do

If you didn´t know anything about a profession you might distrust it, and you almost certainly wouldn´t recommend that your clients consult a member of that profession. Doctors care about their clients/patients and for the most part feel responsible for their wellbeing and don´t like to take chances.

Your doctor has a bias

We all have biases, and unfortunately these tend to be predominantly negative.  If your doctor has ever heard anything bad about an osteopath, he/she is more likely to remember that than anything positive.

Your doctor has valid concerns

Your doctor may feel that you would be better-off pursuing another course of action for your problem.

If you´re concerned whether osteopathy is right for your lower back pain or sciatica, here are a few articles you should find useful:

Can manipulation make my lower back pain / sciatica worse?

Why Active X Backs?

How much will it cost to fix my lower back pain / sciatica?

If you would like to discuss anything in-person, please just fill in our contact form or give us a call, or if you´re feeling reassured, you can book an osteopathy appointment online here.

About the Author:

Clinic Director and Osteopath. Gavin graduated as a Gold Medallist in 1991 and is now a Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy. Co-author of “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996, he has an MSc in The Clinical Management of Pain from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently working on a new book. He's passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible, and in January 2015 set himself the target of helping a million people get a better back.

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