Back Pain

Back pain can either be sharp and/or stabbing in nature or it may feel like a constant dull ache.

It is estimated that 80% of the adult population experiences back pain at some point in their life.

It can affect men and women equally.

Back pain can be the result of an injury, such as lifting a heavy object. A sedentary lifestyle may also result in back pain, due to the structures becoming continuously compressed, with possible loss of muscle tone.

How does the spine work?

The spine is made up of 24 moving bones called vertebrae. If the joints that interlock the vertebrae cease to move in the correct way they can cause painful symptoms such as back pain.

In between each vertebra are the shock absorbers for the spine, the disc. If you think of a disc as an inner tube stuck between two house bricks you will see how a disc can bulge, protrude, tear or herniate. An intervertebral disc doesn’t slip. When a disc bulges it can affect nearby nerves and produce obvious symptoms such as pain down the leg. Muscles surrounding the joint often tighten to protect and splint the joint. This can often be very painful.

Often with disc injury and back pain there may have been some long standing pre-existing dysfunction with the spine and a simple action like bending over to pick up a tissue might be enough to trigger further damage. The ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’.

How can we help?

An initial examination will involve taking a full history including past medical history, and aphysical examination via webcam, will help to determine the underlying cause. The chiropractor will then discuss with you the findings and how we can help. If you wish to continue then a live-streamed programme will be given at the initial consultation.