At Spire Roding Hospital we aim to support you through diagnosis, treatment and beyond. There are many different sources of back pain. For example: painful discs, irritable sciatic nerves, degenerative joints or referred pain. Often the cause of these problems could be a bad habit such as poor posture or a repetitive task including long distance running, heavy lifting, incorrect desk posture or caring for a young child. The more the bad habit has been repeated the greater its impact can be.
When you first attend physiotherapy, a comprehensive assessment will be done. During this assessment the physiotherapist will look for signs of structural problems and assess the habits, movements or injuries that might be responsible for causing them. If signs of a serious structural problem are present the physiotherapist will refer you to a consultant for further investigation. However in a lot of cases the condition does not warrant invasive medical care. In these cases discovering and then correcting the cause of the problem is the most helpful treatment.
Physiotherapists assess the movement and function of individual joints, muscles and nerves as well as the way that these parts work together (biomechanics) to look for any problem or inefficiency. Once the problem at the root of your back pain has been identified the treatment can start.
Treatments that are offered include
- Joint mobilisations
- Soft tissue release
- Nerve desensitisation strategies
- Movement correction exercises
- Correction of ergonomics (eg, work station correction)
- Strength and endurance training
- Range of movement exercises
- Lifestyle improvements
- Education to improve understanding and habits
- Biomechanics retraining
- Sports specific movement correction and rehabilitation
- Aquatic (swimming pool) therapy
- Clinical Pilates
Dysfunctions that can be treated:
- Stiff or overactive muscles
- Stiff joints (which can give similar symptoms to degenerative joints)
- Poor movement quality (sometimes known as core stability)
- Nerve sensitisation (sometimes known as sciatica)
- Posture dysfunctions
- Sports injuries
- Sports movement dysfunctions (such as back pain with running or neck pain with tennis)
- Pain during pregnancy
- Rheumatoid conditions
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
If you have a specific problem that you would like treatment for or if you would like guidance about what can be done to help phone the hospital to book an assessment with a spinal specialist physiotherapist.
Download our Back Pain leaflet