The Department of Health carried out a survey across Great Britain to discover the prevalence of lower back pain.
Nearly two fifths of adults aged 16 and over said that they had suffered from lower back pain which lasted for more than a day in the previous 12 months, so in other words, back pain is extremely common!
In fact, it is one of the most common complaints we see at Alba Spinal Health Centre.
Symptoms that we can relieve include:
- Joint restriction
How can we help?
The Department of Health and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) both recommend chiropractic and osteopathic treatment as a 'gold-standard treatment' for this condition. Our holistic team is experienced (as well as highly trained) in treating back pain.
During the period July 2012 to June 2015, 78 percent of our patients presenting with lower back pain reported feeling much better two weeks after their first appointment.
During your initial consultation, your practitioner's main focus will be to identify what is painful and what is causing it to be painful.
You will be involved in any decisions about your care, and your practitioner will give you advice on appropriate pain management strategies.
Your treatment is likely to be a package of care that may include:
- Expert advice
- Manual therapies (including manipulation, mobilisation and soft tissue work)
- Dry needling/medical acupuncture
- Tailored exercise approaches
- Psychologically informed care
You can also expect to receive advice on the appropriateness of undertaking exercises, being physically active and continuing normal daily activities as far as possible, as well as remaining in work, graded return and fit notes.
There are numerous conditions that can cause lower back pain - including those listed at the top left-hand side of this page. Click for more information.
How long will it take until I feel better?
This is very much down to the individual. As a rough guide, young, fit and healthy patients with more recent problems will probably take fewer adjustments; however, older, less fit or indeed the less healthy individual will probably take a few more.
Different conditions take different lengths of time to heal as well (for example, a facet joint sprain will heal a lot more quickly than a disc herniation).
At your Report of Findings (RoF) appointment, your practitioner will give you an informed estimate as to how long you can expect the course of care to take. They will keep you up to date with your prognosis throughout your care, and you will undergo a review appointment every six sessions; however, following your practitioner's advice is strongly recommended to help you to get better more quickly.
Also, 'better' means different things to different people. Some people come to see us merely to get out of pain, whereas the majority of people come to see us to get well and stay well. Some people with chronic conditions recognise the fact that they may always have some discomfort, but derive a huge amount of benefit from regular adjustments - keeping them functioning at their very best.