Of all the health-related problems we have helped our patients with over the years, back pain is our area of greatest expertise and success. We are especially known for helping patients who have had back pain (often combined with other areas of pain) for many years and who have ‘tried everything’ before coming to us.
If you are suffering with back pain which has started quite recently (within the past couple of months) and is not causing you significant distress, we’d suggest that you book an initial consultation with one of our sports therapists or physiotherapist. They are all highly trained and experienced to conduct an assessment and, if there are no significant underlying issues, they’re likely to be able to treat you and to achieve a significant improvement within a matter of weeks.
If your initial assessment indicates that your back pain has a more complex underlying cause, your therapist may consult with our Clinical Director or recommend that you see one of our chiropractors or another member of the team who is best placed to help you.
If you’ve been suffering with back pain, sciatica, or a related complaint for quite some time (several months or even several years or decades) and you’ve tried other treatments without lasting success, we’d recommend that you book an initial assessment with one of our chiropractors. Chiropractors specialise in treating back pain and at Core Clinics, our chiropractors specifically specialise in treating chronic back pain.
The longer-standing your back pain is and if you have other health issues as well as back pain, the more likely it is that we will recommend an ‘integrated’ treatment protocol. This might involve you having appointments with several members of the team initially – for example, chiropractic, sports therapy and podiatry. We’ll explain our full findings and recommendations for you after your first appointment as well as letting you know what results you can expect to achieve.
However fantastic an individual chiropractor, osteopath, acupuncturist or counsellor is, there is increasing evidence that in order to achieve long-term improvements in chronic back pain you need a multidisciplinary team approach.
***** NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines recommend manual therapy (spinal manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques such as massage) for managing low back pain, but only as part of a treatment package including exercise, with or without psychological therapy.
***** A 2018 meta-analysis of over 16,000 pain management studies and articles concluded that:
‘Treatment methods following the biopsychosocial model seem to yield long term pain reduction, increased range of motion, and improvement in functional activities. On the other hand the single modality treatment methods seemed to yield either short term pain reduction or no pain reduction.’
(Single modality treatments assessed included opioid use, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, massage therapy, manual therapy (soft tissue mobilization), instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, acupuncture, soft tissue release, dry needle, trigger point injection, joint manipulation/joint mobilization, active release technique, strain counter strain, craniosacral therapy, stretching/exercise, McKenzie method, and kinesio taping: none were shown to deliver lasting pain relief or improvement in the underlying issues.)
There is still a huge need for more research to be done to identify the best combination of therapies and the best protocols for different back pain (and other chronic pain) patients.
But we are proud to say that we are well ahead of the curve and have been researching and developing our integrated protocols for 10 years, to the benefit of our current and future patients.
Posted by Core Clinics on Wednesday, 8 May 2019
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Posted by Core Clinics on Sunday, 5 May 2019
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