Following government instruction on Tuesday 23 March 2020, we have taken the decision to place on hold all patient appointments pending further guidance from the government and our professional body.
We will continue to receive emails and telephone calls during this time so please do contact us if you have any queries regarding your care. We will review your case individually and communicate out to you again when we have an update on the situation.
We apologise for the inconvenience we know this brings to you but ask you to support us as we comply with the necessary regulations in order to minimise the effects of Covid 19 and hope that we can resume your Physiotherapy care very soon.
You are extremely lucky to not know the answer to the question, What is back pain? Neck and back pain are the most common area's treated by Physiotherapists. The cause is often multi-factorial and can include genetic predisposition, posture, previous injury, weight and activity levels. The structures affected are the usual culprits of muscles, ligaments, tendons and disc, affecting the way the spine moves. If the spine is not moving well, it cannot restore good circulation, flexibiltiy and strength to the area and recovery is delayed or stalled
More than 95% of spinal conditions DON'T need surgery and Physiotherapy is key to regaining your normal active lifestyle. We can help you achieve this by reducing your pain and increasing your mobility and strength. It is also important to identify your individual causes of the problem, educating you on ways to avoid future trouble. Back pain can be caused by stress, anxiety can increase muscle tension. The back contains a variety of muscles that are known to tense during which can cause mild to severe pain.
'Simple' Neck or Back pain
This usually has a postural or degenerative cause and will respond well to Physiotherapy and self management.
Pain is localised in the neck or back and doesn't move down the arm/leg
The pain is related to movements or posture, either during or after activity
Pain may include muscle spasm and tenderness
Occasionally things are more serious and may require further investigation. If you present with any of the following, your Physiotherapist may need to refer you for an MRI, either directly if you are self funding or via your GP or A&E department if very urgent
Problems with speech, swallowing, dizziness, drop attacks or vision
Bladder or bowel function affected
Alterered sensation in the groin area
Generalised numbness in the arm or leg that does not alter with position
Arm or leg weakness in more than one muscle.
Treatment Of Back and Neck Pain
Physiotherapists can reduce your pain, stimulate healing and restore movement and strength using joint and soft tissue manual therapy techniques, acupuncture, TENS, microcurrent therapy, taping and if indicated, braces and crutches to off load the lower back. Exercises will focus on comfortable movement and strength work and your Physiotherapist can progres this as your symptoms settle. Our physios know exercise routines to assist in removal of lower back pain.
Towards the end of treatment, we may recommend local exercise classes or gym that may help continue your recovery. We can also refer you to a service locally that can offer support in weight loss and getting into exercise should you need support in this area
Our Acupuncture Clinic treatment aids tissue healing and based on scientific evidence that shows the treatment can stimulate nerves under the skin and in muscle tissue to allow the body to produce pain-relieving substances
Orthotics are arch supports worn in the shoe designed to improve comfort, reduce fatigue, prevent injury and assist in rehabilitation. We can provide Orthotic insoles offering biomechanical correction and support