Do you have extreme back pain or sciatica?

About 80% of the population will have at least one bout of low back pain in their lifetime. Although often painful and disabling, back pain in most cases is not due to a serious problem and the exact structure causing the pain is not always clear. 95% of cases of acute low back pain are due to what we call mechanical back pain.

At The Clinic we also see many cases of back and leg pain, which is commonly called sciatica or nerve root pain- many people refer to this as a trapped nerve. We also see a range of other back pain disorders such as spondylolisthesis or osteoarthritis (arthritis in the spine is usually termed spondylosis by the medical profession, or wear and tear by patients).

Evidence based research supports the use spinal manipulation, mobilisation and massage (hands on manual therapy), exercise programmes and advice given by physiotherapists. Classification of back pain is universally recognised as the basis for choosing the right treatment for individuals. The physiotherapists at The Clinic will provide you with expert care and an explanation and understanding of your pain.

Does this sound familiar?

‘An excruciating jolt of pain comes at the beginning of an inconsequential action- picking up a bag, leaning forward to lift a book. In a split second there is an ominous feeling, as you realise your spine is doing something it shouldn’t and you have no power to control the next series of events. The sudden clench of pain completely takes your strength away. You may even pass out with the pain, You clutch furniture for support and then, with your hands sliding down your thighs you might helplessly slide to the floor, where you find a little comfort but are unable to move. If you are alone when this happens, it can take you hours to crawl to the phone. The pain at this stage, alternates between a background ache or cramp to excruciating jolts of pain when you try to move, which frighten you and take your breath away.’

If so, rest assured that we can help you!

You need to understand what has happened and begin your recovery without delay.

There are 4 main elements to help you.

  1. Appropriate medication. Speak with you GP who may prescribe appropriate painkillers, anti-inflammatories and if necessary muscle relaxants.
  2. Bed rest- for 24-48 hours.
  3. Begin to do gentle exercise as described. Click Here.
  4. Once you can begin to walk, or if you still require the use of a wheel chair, organise prompt physiotherapy at The Clinic. Telephone 02892622912

If you have hurt your back and want to know what to do now, click here.