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Back and Neck Pain

Two of the most common problems treated in the clinic are back and neck pain. On average it is thought that four out of five of us will suffer some sort of back pain, (Arthritis Research UK). This can range from a simple strain, to a more serious problem, such as an injury to one of the discs.

In a number of people these problems can persist and become classified as chronic back or neck pain. Often medication alone will not solve the problem and so a large proportion of patients can benefit from physiotherapy.

At SB Sports Injury & Physiotherapy clinic we assess and treat not only the presenting pain, but we try to address the chronic problems you experience. Initially this will involve an in-depth assessment to determine the source or structure that is causing the pain. We offer a variety of treatments including hands on techniques, such as vertebral mobilisations and manipulation or possible soft tissue techniques. We may also offer you electrotherapy treatments or possibly acupuncture. Alongside these treatments a set of exercises maybe prescribed to help you treat your symptoms when you are away from the clinic. As the problem improves, we will begin a preventative programme giving advice on how to go about day to day activities safely such as lifting and returning to exercise.  At this stage we try to emphasise the importance of self-help and self-management so that you the patient can manage your problem here is a helpful guide to particularly lower back pain. The aim is to prevent having to keep re-attending for repeat courses of physiotherapy through exercise, advice, and education.

In all forms of pain and injury it is of vital importance to receive prompt and comprehensive assessment as soon as possible. This could be the difference between a speedy recovery and a chronic long standing pain problem which often can end up being more difficult to treat.

Here at the clinic we offer Physiotherapy assessments at times to suit you, with early morning and evening appointments available.

For further information or to book an appointment call 01952 462330 or email or visit our contact us page.

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Physiotherapy Myth Busters

The fact is most causes of back pain are not particularly serious and can be managed by keeping mobile and continuing with your day to day activities to prevent future episodes.

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The article lists 10 things you need to know about your back.

  1.  Your back is stronger than you may think.
    Most people worldwide will experience back pain during their lifetime. It can be disabling and worrying but it is very common and rarely dangerous.
  2.  You rarely need a scan and it can do more harm than good.
    This is because seeing perfectly normal changes to their spine can cause people to avoid the activities they should be doing to get better, such as exercise and movement in general.
  3. Avoid bedrest, stay in work and gradually resume normal activities.
    Scientific studies now indicate prolonged rest and avoidance of activity for people with low back pain actually leads to higher levels of pain, greater disability, poorer recovery and longer absence from work.
  4. You should not fear bending or lifting.
    Bending and lifting are often portrayed as causes of back pain and while an injury can occur if something is picked up in an awkward or unaccustomed way, it’s most likely to just be a sprain or strain.
  5. Exercise and activity reduce and prevent back pain.
    Exercise is shown to be very helpful for tackling back pain and is also the most effective strategy to prevent future episodes.
  6. Painkillers will not speed up your recovery.
    There is no strong evidence on the benefits of painkillers and they do not speed up recovery.
  7. Surgery is rarely needed.
    There are some uncommon back conditions where there is pressure on the nerves that supply the legs and the patient gets leg symptoms, such as pain pins and needles or numbness.
  8. Get good quality sleep.
    The importance of sleep in tackling back pain has become increasingly clear in recent years.
  9. You can have back pain without any damage or injury.
    Many factors can cause back pain and often a combination of these are involves.
  10. If it doesn’t clear up, seek help but don’t worry.
    If your back pain does not clear up after 6-8 weeks, make an appointment to see your GP or physiotherapist.

If you are experiencing problems then for an assessment or free advice call 01952 462330, Email  or visit out contact page.

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