Back pain and sciatica

Back pain is common and will affect most of us in our lifetime. For many people it can become a chronic problem.

Are you suffering with back pain?  Does it reduce your enjoyment of life and limit the things you love to do? 

If so, you’re not alone.  Low back pain is now the leading cause of disability worldwide (Lancet, 2018).  Whilst low back pain is common, we understand that it is completely unique to every person who experiences it. 

At least half of people with back pain have recurring problems, so it is vital to seek advice. 

We also understand that a lot of people in pain feel like they have tried everything offered to them, and nothing seems to work or ‘fix the problem’. 

Sciatica is pain caused as a result of the sciatic nerve being compressed and irritated. Commonly, this is caused by a bulging disc in the lower spine putting pressure on the small nerves of the back, causing them to become inflamed.  The sciatic nerve is made up of a group of these smaller nerves that exit the spine at the lower part of the back and travels all the way down the leg to the foot.  The pain can be very intense and cause a major impact on your day-to-day life.

Traditional approaches and beliefs surrounding the treatment of low back pain have been failing for some time and a new approach is needed.

Here at the Centre for Clinical Physiotherapy, we have embraced the latest research that supports a targeted approach to managing low back pain; and it all starts with you. 

We spend time understanding you as a person and how your pain affects your life; as well as how your life affects your pain.  We believe that pain is always real, no matter what is causing it.

The most appropriate treatment for the majority of people with back pain is physiotherapy.  The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines advise that a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation or mobilisation and massage, are all effective treatments options for lower back pain.

Our physiotherapists are highly skilled and qualified at assessing lower back pain and helping you to understand it.  We spend time listening to you and help you to make sense of your pain. 

We assess how you move and how your pain may have changed the way you move; often related to fear of movement or avoiding certain postures. 

Your physiotherapist will work with you to gradually retrain your body to certain movements and tasks that previously were avoided because of pain. 

We also look at healthy lifestyle changes related to sleep, diet and stress management to help sustain long term change. 

All of which will increase your confidence and give you the tools to enable you to return to doing the things you love. Contact us today to start your journey.

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