Back Care at Spire Cheshire Hospital

Back pain is very common and many of us will suffer from it at some time. How you use your back, both at work and home, can determine whether you will have to learn to live with back pain. With the right approach, basic back pain could be avoided.

This year Spire Cheshire Hospital has worked with The Warrington Wolves to produce a video which aims to give people postural advice.

Seeking advice from a qualified healthcare practitioner, for example your GP or physiotherapist, can help prevent and aid recovery. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence have published guidelines on best practice for the management of low back pain. These guidelines recommend exercise, manual therapy and acupuncture. At Spire Cheshire Hospital our Physiotherapists will be able to decide on the most effective course of treatment to suit your condition.

Mr Burgess, a physiotherapy patient at Spire Cheshire Hospital, shares his hospital experience 

"I have suffered with a niggly back for a number of years when eventually I bent forward to pick up the soap in the shower (of all places!) and my back well and truly 'went'. I felt an excruciating pain in my lower back and my mobility was severly restricted to the point of not being able to get my socks or shoes on without assistance."

"It was a frightening experience and every movement was painful. The pain felt so severe I immediately booked an appointment with a leading spinal consultant because I was sure that I would need an operation."

"I also booked in to see Claire Walsh, a McKenzie qualified physiotherapist at Spire Cheshire Hospital. Spire Cheshire Hospital is not my local hospital, I chose it because their physiotherapists use the McKenzie Technique as one of their approaches for the management of low back pain."

"Claire was extremely caring and professional and spent a great deal of time understanding the history of my back. Claire diagnosed an anterior disc bulge and I wast told to do forward flexion stretches in the sitting position every one and a half hours. I started to feel slightly better even after the first day."

"After a week my mobility had improved significantly and the pain had halved. I continued with the stretches and within two weeks my mobility was back to normal and my pain had subsided almost completely. I was so pleased that I was able to cancel the appointment with the spinal consultant, when the receptionist asked if I wanted to rearrange the appointment I said 'No, your physio has fixed me! '.

"I am so grateful to Claire for her professionalism, skill and knowledge and I greatly admire the McKenzie method of back rehabilitation."

Physiotherapy Department

Physio Cheshire

The Physiotherapy Department is managed by Karen Whalley. Assessments and treatments at Spire Cheshire Hospital are carried out by physiotherapists who are Chartered (MCSP) and all have post graduate education in musculoskeletal conditions. We are all registered with the Health Professional Council.

For more information or to make an appointment please contact the Physiotherapy Department on 01925 215 027

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Back Care Awareness Video


Click above to view our video featuring Matthew Gouldthorpe, Senior Physiotherapist at Spire Cheshire Hospital and Jon Clarke from The Warrington Wolves.

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Spire Cheshire Video

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