Osteopaths are best known for treating problems related to the spine, though the scope of practice is much wider than this. The majority of our patients consult us with low back or neck pains, which may be due to strains or tears in some of the muscles or ligaments which support and move the spine, or to injuries affecting the intervertebral discs which separate each spinal bone. These disc injuries may in turn lead to compression of the spinal nerves causing the familiar Sciatica or Brachial Neuritis.
Because of the complexity of the small nerves and blood vessels associated with the spinal cord, many other systems of the body may become affected, especially when there are long term postural or repetitive strains present. Injuries and problems with the limbs also fall within the osteopath's scope of practice.