More than four out of five of us will suffer from chronic back pain, at some point in our lives and every year one out of five of us will consult our GP about it.
But in many cases Ramsay hospitals can offer effective treatments for those with persistent back issues.
Typically, back pain is concentrated in the lumbar (lower back) region which takes most of the strain of our lifestyle. Lower back pain can be associated with stiffness, and sometimes muscle spasms and reduced motion.
Some people are more likely to develop lower back pain because their lifestyle puts a particular strain on their back which could have resulted in a spinal injury. In other cases back problems may be related to age - such as degeneration of the discs in the spine which cushion the vertebrae.
Much lower back pain is described as non-specific (not diagnosed as due to a particular condition) and may settle after conservative management over a period of weeks. Sufferers are often recommended to try over-the-counter painkillers, hot and cold compresses, and reduced activity.
Find out about treatments for lower back here.
To find out more information on the common conditions that could match your symptoms click here.
But there is no need to go on suffering with chronic back pain. In many cases, much can be done to relieve it and Ramsay Health Care has a broad range of expertise offering back pain treatment to give sufferers the best possible chance of recovery.
As well as excellent clinical care, Ramsay hospitals offer the benefits of our Private Patient Pledge which aims to make your stay as comfortable as possible and ensure you get treatment at a time which suits you.
Mr Chris Brown
Mr Chris Brown is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Berkshire Independent Hospital in Reading.Read more
Mr Patrick McKenna
Mr Patrick McKenna is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon in BerkshireRead more
Mr Trichy Rajagopal
Mr Trishy Rajagopal is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon in Berkshire, Reading who specialises in spinal surgery.Read more
Mr Daniel Rolton
Mr Daniel Rolton is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon in Berkshire, Reading who specialises in spinal surgery.Read more
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