Back Pain is the most common condition that we treat. We treat back pain many times a day, every single day and all year around. Sometimes back pain is referred to as lumbago.
We are very experienced in diagnosing and treating conditions of the back and spine but we are also able to identify if a referral to another specialist or if imaging like a scan is needed.
Back pain can be felt on one or both sides of the back. It can be across the shoulders, between the shoulder blades, in the small of the back or from the waist and into the buttocks and down the front or the back of the legs.
At times back pain is associated with other symptoms: pin and needles, tingling, numbness, leg pain ( often referred to as sciatica).
Most people will suffer from back pain at some point during their lives. It can be very painful and persistent and some people suffer repeated episodes.
It’s worth getting an assessment if the pain does not go away after a few days or if the condition starts to get worse.
Early treatment will help you get better faster.
Back pain may come on after a specific incident such as after a fall on ice, heavy lifting or bending awkwardly. Or it can develop gradually over weeks/months as a result of poor/wrong posture or it may come on after a long period of stress and worry.
By far the most common type of back pain is ‘mechanical’ back pain. This means that the pain is coming from the spinal muscles, joints and ligaments. This is also referred to as musculo-skeletal back pain.
Although it can be extremely painful and make even small movements difficult, ‘mechanic’ back pain is not related to any serious underlying condition and there are no trapped or compressed nerves.
Simply put, the pain is from stiff or restricted spinal joints and tight spinal musculature. And Chiropractors treat this all the time…..and very successfully.
Less frequently, the nerves of the back can become irritated, trapped or compressed. There are many reasons as to why this would happen, but slipped discs or wear and tear can lead to pain running down the leg which is often referred to as sciatica. Sometimes this can be associated with pins and needles, numbness, tingling and/or weakness in leg and foot.
Back pain treatment involves gentle adjustments to the back, stretching and soft tissue techniques to free up the restricted/stiff joints and relax the surrounding muscles.
We may ask you to use heat or ice, to do some exercises at home and make changes to your lifestyle.
Our aim is to give you long-term relief.