BACK & NECK PAIN
We treat back pain from our Shoreham practice
Each individual case we see has its own unique causes and symptoms, making it a challenging injury to diagnose and treat effectively. By way of a thorough interview and examination, we will get to the root cause of your problem. From there we can give treatment and expert posture advice to resolve your condition.
The unacknowledged lower backache
One problem that we encounter regularly is that many people, who suffer with a low-grade back ache, don’t consider this to be a “pain”. Often whilst evaluating a patient for the symptoms they have been referred to us for (either by themselves, their physician or their insurance company), for example, shooting leg pain, when we ask about lower back pain, they will reply in the negative. However, when asked about back “ache”, they will admit this to being something they suffer from regularly. Often they will not realise that this can be the unacknowledged primary symptom leading to the root cause of their problem.
Having established this, we can give the correct treatment and expert posture advice to resolve your condition. We can prescribe exercises, which can help to strengthen your core muscles, and this has been proven to reduce back pain, stabilize your spine and protect you from further damage.
Types of neck pain and suitable treatment
Neck pain through trauma
Whiplash is a high velocity strain on the muscles and ligaments of the neck and shoulder region, when your head is violently thrown forwards and then backwards. This strain causes tearing of muscle and ligament fibres, which in turn can cause pain and limited movement. Also, joints of the neck can become unstable due to the stretching of its protective ligaments.
Treatment would be through massage and joint mobilisation for pain relief and increase mobility in the neck, ultrasound to reduce inflammation.
Long term management after a course of treatment to cure initial problems may include a quarterly follow up appointment.
Neck pain associated with poor posture
As a result of long periods of time sat at your desk you may have developed neck pain due to your poor posture. Do you have a telephone tucked under your chin whilst typing? This puts excessive strain on the joints and muscles of your neck. When your body is incorrectly aligned, then your muscles are working harder to support your spine. The long-term effect can be that the joints are rubbing or impinging on one another, causing pain and inflammation.
Treatment would typically involve soft tissue massage and joint mobilisation. Long term management for this type of neck pain includes regular maintenance appointments, education on improving posture and exercises to strengthen muscle weakness.