Back Pain, Old Problem?

Apr 23, 2021

Back Pain – Old Problem?

What treatment should you choose?

It’s one of the most common problems I see in my practice – especially after a bank holiday weekend or when the DIY and gardening bug strikes in the warm weather. Forty-one per cent of the UK population – that’s 28 million of us – suffer from low back pain in any given year. Ninety-five per cent of people who get a new episode of back pain have ‘non-specific’ or ‘simple’ back pain – that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt (believe me, I know it does!) but it means there’s no obvious single cause and it tends to settle with no long-term complications within a few weeks. More serious causes of low back pain, ranging from sciatica to compression of the spinal cord, a fractured spine or cancerous deposits almost always have different symptoms to non-specific low back pain and are much less common.

Above the sacrum and coccyx, often known as the tailbone, the spine is made up of 24 bones (vertebrae) connected by dozens of tough connective bands called ligaments and small muscles. There are several joints connecting one vertebra to the next – as well as the joint between the main body of two vertebrae, buffered by a spongy disc, small ‘facet joints’ connect the spiny outcroppings of bone at the back of each vertebra. Non-specific back pain can be caused by a sprain to any of the ligaments or muscles, or minor misalignment of the facet joints.

Recommendations for treating low back pain have changed a lot over the years. Doctors used to give instructions for strict bed rest, lying flat on your back on a firm mattress or even a board. Now we know that being immobile actually slows down recovery, and always recommend keeping as active as possible. You’re going to have to accept feeling some discomfort when you move (while avoiding activities that cause severe pain) and should build up your activities gradually.

Each person has their own personal story and personal problem. That’s why we treat you as an individual……….

We use a multitude of techniques which include hands on treatment, postural advice, exercises, acupuncture and Pilates…

The best place for you to start is if you want to make a start on relieving you back pain is with my free back pain report, available from the website HERE or the link below.


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