Physiotherapy works in improving movement, flexibility, strength, reducing pain and improving function and quality of life. It incorporates manual treatments such as manipulation, soft tissue techniques, massage as well as stretching and exercise techniques.
Specifically for back problems, it is common to consider specific rehabilitation focusing on core stability and function.
Injections are done to treat back and leg pain. There are several types of injections for spine-related problems.
Caudal epidurals (for back and leg pain)
Nerve root blocks (for specific nerves producing pain in the leg)
Facet joints (for back pain down to the buttocks)
Sacroiliac joint (one side or both at the very bottom of the back)
Coccyx (the tailbone)
Very few people require spinal surgery and the most common procedures include:
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Exercise is really important for overall health of the body and the mind. It has proven benefits and should be taken up at any stage of one's life, even when in pain. Quite often muscles and tissues can hurt if they are not being used and this can happen as a result of staying inactive after an injury.
There are many specific exercises for your spine. Here are some of them:
Arthritis Research UK leafet for back pain exercises here
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy public information leaflets
For back pain and other spinal conditions
Chiropractic & Osteopathy
Acupuncture is used to treat pain and can be helpful in restoring balance and relieving pain. There are various types of acupuncture but mainly two types: the Eastern Chinese acupuncture and the western medical acupuncture. The former focuses on meridian lines along the body where needles are injected to restored the body's energy. The medical type works mainly on trigger points within tight painful muscles which can refer pain elsewhere.
Osteopathy and chiropractic are similar disciplines which are great at manual treatments. They can offer you short-term pain relief and the aim is to restore your body back into balance for the long-term with the use of physical touch, manipulation, massage and stretching.
More info about chiropractic here.
More info about osteopathy here.
Combined physical and psychological programme
Combined physical and psychological treatments (CPPs as we call them) are great for people with long-term chronic pain who have not benefited from other purely physical treatments.
Diet & Lifestyle
You may have never thought that diet can have anything to do with your pain but according to the newest research, you might be surprised!
We all know what we should eat: a diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, little meat and dairy with very limited processed foods and sugars.
Clinics involved in Hampshire Backs
There are 3 providers with many clinics you can visit in North Hampshire which are involved in the Hampshire Backs project.
The providers include: