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Back Pain

Despite many wonderful technological advances in recent years, there are still no miracle cures for back pain. However, there is plenty that can be done to help manage it effectively.

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Back pain is one of the most costly issues affecting the health and mental well-being of society today. It is common for people to leave back pain to run its course which often causes long-term irreversible effects to the mechanics of the spinal system. Most of us lead very sedentary lives, spending many hours sitting still, and this is one of the fundamental problems when it comes to recovering from back pain.

Why Do We Get Back Pain?

  • Worn facet joints - these are joints in the back which give is flexibility and allow for smooth movement
  • Disk injury or degeneration is commonly found in patients who overuse their spinal flexion
  • Specific disc bulges in the spine
  • Spinal stenosis can happen in a few different ways but this is where the cavity that holds the spinal-cord wears out and narrows over time
  • Spinal fractures are more common in sports or youth
  • Osteoporotic fractures are quite common in the elderly and can easily be misdiagnosed

Pretty much all of these issues with the spine are the underlying cause of the muscle spasm or sciatica that we see in patients on a daily basis. Whilst we cannot regenerate bone tissue we can help with the changes of mechanics and the sympathetic pain sensed around the area of damage or degeneration. Ultimately back pain results in or is caused by muscles that are often chronically tight and spasming. These can be treated using various techniques including stretching articulations, soft tissue acupuncture and laser therapy.

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How Do We Treat Back Pain?

We are beginning to see that there is a less surgery and more physical therapy being recommended to manage spinal problems. Finding and fixing arthritic spinal joints, adjusting structural problems and treating irritated tissue sympathetically has been embraced across the world. Unfortunately our National Health Service in the United Kingdom system doesn't provide the physio care back pain often requires. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that low back pain can be well managed with a course of physical therapy we are slow in the UK to pick this up.

As a physical therapist myself I am often surprised at the number of patients who gone round in circles with the Health Service without any real meaningful change. There are a lot of patients taking massive doses of analgesics which again will simply not fix any mechanical problems in the structure of the back or spine. This of course can lead to additional problems with such as mental health disorders including depression.

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Back Pain Treatment Options

Laser Therapy

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Find out about this cutting-edge new treatment which harnesses the power of lasers to encourage the body to heal itself.

Laser therapy is an entirely non-invasive procedure which yields highly effective results.

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Osteopathy

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Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions.

It is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the parts of the body functioning smoothly together.

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Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. It involves fine needles being inserted at certain sites in the body.

The needles stimulate nerves under the skin for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

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“Years of back pain gone in a couple of weeks, your treatment has really changed my life, thank you again.”
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Treating Your Back Pain

Here at the Health Hub Clinics we use osteopathic techniques that have been around for millennia. Today these treatments are underpinned by the scientific evidence for movement and rehabilitation. We now regularly test how well our patients improve using physical therapy. We need to know our limits but we have found that in almost 80% of cases there is more than a 90% improvement. For those patients suffering from very long-term chronic problems or immediate acute onset of pain we have recently introduced laser therapy for treating the specifically damaged or degenerative issues with startling results. Clients that have historically taken a long time to recover can now benefit from direct tissue therapy using grade 3B and four lasers.

It is the basic form of articulating the joints that are degenerate which enables patients to recover their full or nearly full movement. Experience tells us that where mechanical change in the spine occurs this can be directly addressed through the tissues and mobility of the back itself. This is why we are beginning to see a greater implementation of mechanical devices and lasers being used to improve the dynamic movement of the back and spine. Tissue which is treated through analgesic medication will never be quite the same if this is used even on infrequent basis.

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Specific Types of Back Pain

Lower Back and Spinal Pain

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Treating patients with back pain accounts for around 60% of our business. Because of this, our osteopaths are keen to treat the causes of pain, rather than just the symptoms.

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Back Pain in Pregnancy

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Back pain, especially lower back pain is very common during pregnancy. This pain will often require steady treatment up until the point of birth.

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