Back Pain Treatments

Back Pain Treatments at Duchy Hospital

What is back pain?

Back pain can refer down the leg into the buttock and sometimes as far as the knee. Most back pain is not sinister and gets better with time. It is rare for back pain to require spinal surgery. There are, however a number of things you can do to help manage a flare up of symptoms in your back. Your GP can prescribe anti-inflammatories, if your medical history allows. If these alone do not work, or are unsuitable there are other pain killers that they may recommend. 

Evidence shows that early manual therapy, such as Physiotherapy, combined with exercise can help reduce pain and shorten the episode of lower pack pain. Physiotherapists can also give advice regarding ergonomics and exercises to help in the longer term. 

If low back pain symptoms persist, despite time, medication and Physiotherapy then, following assessment by a spinal specialist a diagnostic Injection, called a Lumbar Medial Branch Block can sometimes help to confirm which structures are causing symptoms. Sometimes, a further procedure, called Lumbar Rhizolysis can then give relief of symptoms for long enough for you to engage in an exercise programme to give longer term management of symptoms.

Unfortunately, there is not always a ‘cure’ for long term low back pain. Pain management teams can help people with long term back symptoms live well, despite their ongoing symptoms. A combination of physical exercise, pacing activities and ergonomic advice, along with emotional support and understanding why pain symptoms persist can often help. 

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) does not recommend use of opioid medication for low back pain (LBP). If the nerves in your low back are affected they can give severe Leg Pain or Sciatica. 

At Ramsay Health Care we offer a range of treatments for leg pain including injection therapies and spinal surgery., find out more here. Your consultant will be able to tell you which treatment is best for you.

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