What we treat

At Ferguson St Osteo, we see a huge range of conditions, not just neck and back pain.

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Disc injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Hip and Buttock problems
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Jaw problems
  • Poor posture
  • Joint and ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Knee, Foot and Ankle injuries
  • Shoulder conditions (rotator cuff tears, bursitis, tendonitis)
  • Elbow and Wrist pain (Tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Sports injuries
  • Pregnancy-related pain
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Childhood aches and pains
  • Infantile torticollis and musculoskeletal complaints
  • Stress, anxiety and more…

Back pain

Osteopath's hands massaging the back of teen lying face down on treatment table.

Back pain sucks. Whether it’s just a mild strain or a disc injury, it can be debilitating and scary to experience. We help you understand your back pain and give you the confidence to return to the things you love.

We diagnose and manage back pain every day, tailoring our treatment and management to your specific needs. This may include a combination of hands-on treatment, pain education, exercise rehabilitation, or sending for imaging or to a specialist if necessary.

Common back complaints we see:

  • Muscular strain / Spasm
  • Disc herniation
  • Sciatica / Piriformis syndrome
  • Facet sprain
  • Arthritis / Spondylosis / stenosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis / other inflammatory conditions
  • Chronic lower back pain

Headaches and migraines

Headaches commonly arise from tension or strain in the neck and upper back, but can also be related to eye strain, sinus problems, whiplash injury, stress, poor posture, jaw problems, teeth grinding, and more. We diagnose the type of headache and treat the cause to give relief.

Note: Be sure to visit your GP if the headache you are having is accompanied by fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding/fluid from the ears or nose, dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, numbness, tingling, paralysis, rash, or an extremely stiff neck. This is especially important if this is the first time you are experiencing this headache.

Common headaches we see:

  • Migraine
  • Tension headaches
  • Cervicogenic (from the neck) headaches
  • Sinus headache
  • Jaw related headache

Sports injuries

Whether you are an athlete, a gym junkie, or a weekend warrior, we can help you! Sports injuries commonly occur due to muscular and strength imbalances, causing incorrect loading and overuse to inflame tendons, strain muscles, or irritate joints. We look at the biomechanics of your body and the sport you play, your lifestyle outside of sport, and strength testing to find the cause of injury. Management of sporting injuries includes rehabilitation of all these factors.

Common sports injuries we see:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Patella and knee injuries (such as tendonitis)
  • Femoro-acetabular impingement of the hip (FAI)
  • ITB syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injuries (such as bursitis)
  • Finger injuries (such as strained pulleys)
  • Shin splints, plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Strains, sprains, and contusions

In 2022 we have proudly come on board as sponsors of the Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club! We’ve loved being brought into the fold in their great club and look forward to seeing the clubs have a great season.

Our team has volunteered at the Reclink Community Cup since 2017 alongside our friends from Sound Osteo, Preston Osteo & Life In Action.

Chronic Pain

Defined as pain that has continued for more than three months, chronic or persistent pain is a horrible thing to experience. You may know that the longer you have had pain, the more difficult it is to relieve. Despite this, it’s important to know that with an evidence-based approach, persistent pain can be turned around and life can return to normal, even though it may require time and hard work.

Chronic pain has a different effect on the nervous system than short-term, or acute pain, and the science behind this is ever-evolving. We are experienced with the management of chronic pain and address it with in-depth education as well as treatment and suitable lifestyle management.

Part of chronic pain prevention includes early intervention after a severe pain episode such as a disc injury. If this is something you are experiencing, we strongly recommend you reach out to us or another practitioner who is well educated in pain science.

Neck Pain

We know how frustrating it is to wake up and not be able to move your neck, to have a pinching that just won’t go away or unrelenting nerve pain down the arm. We approach neck pain by finding and addressing the cause of the issue, not just treating the symptoms.

Common neck complaints we see:

  • Facet sprain / Wry neck
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve impingement / Radiculopathy
  • Desk related neck pain
  • Neck pain causing headaches

Jaw pain

Man sits holding his painful jaw

Jaw tension, pain, and clicking are more common than you think! Jaw clenching or grinding can happen because of stress, posture, and even at night when you don’t realise. This can lead to jaw pain, headaches, and teeth damage and can make chewing and talking painful. We treat jaw problems all the time at Ferguson St Osteo, relieving jaw tension by releasing the muscles and joints associated with jaw motion.

Common jaw conditions we see:

  • TMJ disorders
  • Bruxism
  • Arthritis

Anxiety and chronic stress

We can help with more than just pain. Osteopathy has a calming effect on the nervous system, through the use of techniques that can decrease sympathetic tone. This is enhanced through providing a safe, nurturing environment, spending time to listen to you, and developing relationships built on trust. In addition to hands-on-treatment, we use breathing techniques and stress education to support you.

We have a growing number of people who seek our treatments to help reduce anxiety, increase relaxation, improve sleep patterns, and generally help calm the mind and assist their mental health. When combined with treatment and education for pain, this can be very beneficial in helping you live a more comfortable life.

Joint pain, inflammatory conditions, and nerve injuries

Some of the most frustrating symptoms come from inflammatory conditions in the joints or nerve injuries. Some are acute injuries that only need simple changes to improve, but others can be chronic conditions, lasting many months (for example hip tendonitis). We are experienced in managing conditions like this, through treatment and exercise rehabilitation to aid full recovery.

Common joint pain and inflammatory conditions we see:

  • Knee and hip osteoarthritis
  • Hip or glute tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder impingement/bursitis/tendonitis
  • Dequervains tenosynovitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ulnar / radial nerve entrapment
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Tennis/golfers elbow
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Inflammatory arthritides such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis

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