Back and Neck Pain
Throughout life most people will suffer back or neck pain, this is one of the most common problems treated at The Twyford Clinic.
There are many reasons why back and neck pain occurs and we find the source of the problem which is fundamental in ensuring a full recovery. You may be suffering from an acute disc irritation or facet joint pain which respond very well to mobilisation and manipulation.
Sciatica is very common, this is where the large nerve coming from the lumbar spine (low back) is compromised, this may be due to a disc prolapse (slipped disc) or compression where the nerve root comes out of the spine through the facet joints – people often refer to this as a pinched nerve. Phillip has developed very specialised techniques to ease the pain and solve these problems. Many people attend after suffering for years with no respite from other treatment methods, analgesia or even spinal injections. Phillips specialist knowledge and holistic approach solves back and neck pain even when it is chronic.
Muscle strain or ligament sprain
There are multiple muscles which support and run along the spine, mulitfidous, erector spinae, quadratus lumborum and more, also many ligaments which provide support for the spinal segments at each level. The muscles and ligaments can be strained when lifting or due to fatigue. The muscles will also commonly go into a spasm, this is very often due to the nerves becoming irritated and the muscle spasm is a protective response. Phillip will determine whether you have a strain or if the pain is due to nerves and will treat efficiently and effectively to clear your pain.
Stenosis is a narrowing of the space in the spine, either in the central canal or of the facet joints where the nerve roots pass through, this is a degenerative condition and only affects adults (unless it is congenital – which is rare). This can affect both the neck and the lower spine leading to arm pain/ tingling/ numbness or in the legs similar to sciatica. symptoms can be relieved with the correct treatment techniques which Phillip is very adept at providing.
Wry Neck (Torticollis)
Both adults and children can be affected by this. Often people will wake with a feeling of the neck being locked. This is caused from a spasm due to a neural irritation (pinched nerve). Phillip can treat this and it is a good idea to attend for treatment as soon as you can.
Sustained from accidents in cars but can also occur after a fall. whiplash mainly affects the neck but can also affect all down the spine after and accident. Early treatment enables the pain to be cleared and no long term chronic pains to develop.
Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Osteopathic methods of treatment will be applied to aid recovery. Muscular imbalances, pelvic dysfunctions, neural irritation are all conditions which can affect your body and these are areas we specialise in curing.
Spinal pain needs a very specific assessment which we will fully carry out and will reveal joints with restricted movement and zones of instability, structures mal-aligned or tissues irritated. The wide range of treatment applied promotes the best long standing recovery and prevention of further problems for you.
Common causes for back pain:
- Facet Joint Pain
- Muscle strains/ imbalances
- Slipped Disc
- Pars Defects
- Neural Irritation
The cause of the problem will be identified with specialist assessment and a combination of individual treatment and a home exercise programme will help ease your pain