Back pain is a common condition that will probably affect most people at some point in their lives. Back pain may not be caused by a serious problem and in most cases will fully resolve over about twelve weeks.
Causes of back pain
Your lower back involves bones, muscles, discs and nerves, all of which often interact with each other and therefore identifying a single cause of pain is often difficult. However in most cases it is caused by overloading the soft tissues of the back as a result of heavy lifting or by having repetitive postural issues.
Treating back pain
If you have a back injury, most recent research suggests that rather than complete rest, you should keep regularly moving and gently continuing to do your normal day to day light activities. Physiotherapy can also help to improve your symptoms and there are a number of different treatments available. The most important aspects of physiotherapy for low back pain involve education and advice on how to continue your day-to-day activities as best as possible.
Additional treatment to help resolve your symptoms as quickly as possible can also be useful for some people such as exercise therapy, manual therapy and acupuncture, all of which are available here at Spire Little Aston Hospital. If required, you will also have access to a full imaging department and specialist spinal consultants, so that if you need further investigations this can be arranged quickly.
When your episode of back pain has resolved it is important to try and identify any causative factors and have the knowledge of how to maintain a healthy back going forward. The most common consensus of how to achieve this is through education, self-management and regular exercise.
If you have back pain and would like any treatment or have any questions about your back pain please contact one of our therapists who can help you.
How much does it cost?
If you have private medical insurance (PMI), speak to your insurance company, as many treatments are covered by your insurance. We are recognised by all major medical insurers. All our therapists are HCPC and CSP registered which is often a prerequisite of many PMI providers. Should you wish to pay for your treatment via PMI you will need to contact your insurer prior to seeing a physiotherapist to obtain an authorisation code. Many insurers also require that you have a GP referral for physiotherapy. Please check with your own PMI provider.
If you wish to pay for your own treatment, please contact us for prices on 0121 580 7119.
Book an appointment or find out more
If you are paying for treatment yourself, no referral is necessary and you can contact us directly to book an appointment. If you are paying through medical insurance, you will need a referral letter from your GP or consultant before you make an appointment.
To find out more about shoulder pain or to book an appointment, please call 0121 580 7131 or email Birmingham@spireperform.com.