03/03/2022 Gavin

Edinburgh osteopath specialising in back pain

Edinburgh osteopath Gavin Routledge

Edinburgh osteopath specialising in back pain

By the end of this short article, I hope you’ll agree that I am an Edinburgh osteopath specialising in back pain!

Low back pain is the world’s leading cause of disability.  And in Edinburgh, we have just as much back pain as anywhere else.

Edinburgh osteopath with back pain

When I came to Edinburgh in 1992, I was about half-way through my 7 years of intermittent back pain.  Yes, it feels shameful to admit it, but I suffered a lot of severe low back pain and sciatica in my 20s.  I consulted a lot of people.  Eventually I worked it out.  Treatment helped, but it didn’t solve it.  Changing my habits did that.

Then I wrote a book about back pain.  It was called The Back Book.  I was lucky enough that Gavin Hastings agreed to be the model (he was a client with persistent back pain).

Osteopath specialising in back pain and sciatica

Given my personal experience, I have always focused on helping people with back pain and sciatica.  It seemed only natural to try to help others like me. I think it helps to really understand the impact it has.  I understand.

Studies in back pain

I completed a Masters degree in The Clinical Management of Pain at the University of Edinburgh.  For that, I wrote a meta review of the clinical guidelines for back pain.

Then I reviewed all the apps on the app store for low back pain.  There were 232!!

In my final year I scoped the optimal digital intervention for low back pain

App for low back pain

Following on from those studies, I have built 2 apps for low back pain.  Between you and me, I wasn’t happy with them.  When technology is done well, it’s great.  When it isn’t, it’s a time-waster.  I don’t want to waste anyone’s time.

Book on back pain

My latest book on back pain was published in 2017.  Ian Rankin was kind enough to interview me at the launch at the Sheraton Hotel.


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