Back pain is extremely common and may affect you at any time in your life. It may happen when you lift objects or fall – or simply for no reason at all. Although most episodes will be short, some don’t go away. When this happens, getting the right help as quickly as possible allows you to get on with living again.
Here at Schoen Clinic, our team of experts can diagnose your condition, explain your options and help you to recover quickly. We have everything under one roof at our back-pain clinic. Working as a team, we have one aim – your recovery.
What are the different types of back pain?
People often think that back pain is simply a “pain in the back”, but it can be differentiated into several types.
Acute low back pain is the sharp or dull pain that typically lasts a few days and then goes away on its own, helped along with gentle exercise or rest and painkillers.
When it lasts a few weeks, this is classed as chronic back pain. However, they are not mutually exclusive. Some people have low-level chronic pain with acute episodes, another common pattern.
When the pain goes into the legs, we refer to this as sciatic pain – it is due to the nerves being compressed or irritated.
Diagnosis: how we detect the cause of your back pain
At Schoen Clinic, we have everything that we need to diagnose and provide treatment for your back pain. In our London back pain clinic, we have state-of-the-art diagnostics experts who are highly trained in all aspects of back pain. Our team expand over specialties such as sports and exercise doctors, pain-medicine Consultants, rheumatologists, orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgeons and radiologists.
Many people need further imaging to diagnose the problem and get specialist back and lower-back pain treatment. Our hospital has plain x-rays, ultrasound, CT and MRI scanners to help your clinical team to get a better understanding of your problem. Gathering information is the key to your treatment plan.
As we have a wide range of back-pain specialists based in our London clinic, we can draw on this breadth of experience to provide a thorough, multidisciplinary approach. With us, your pain becomes our focus and we draw on the expertise of the whole group here at the back-pain clinic to come up with a plan for your recovery.
Clinical examination forms part of your evaluation. Using specialist investigations such as measuring your nerve function (nerve conduction studies) and measuring the power of individual muscle groups (isokinetic machine), we’ll provide a thorough assessment so that we can provide world-leading back-pain treatment. All our clinical examinations can be done right here at our London back-pain clinic by our in-house experts.
What are the symptoms of back pain and what are the warning signs?
While most back pain is not serious, it is important to make a diagnosis and to exclude serious underlying problems. There are symptoms that we call “red flags”. If you are in any doubt about the following symptoms, you should get immediate assistance in our Specialist back pain clinic:
- Pain radiating into both legs
- Numbness and/or weakness in your legs
- Disturbance of your bladder and bowels
- Back pain after a fall
- Numbness around your bottom
- Unexplained weight loss
- Sweating at night
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek help as you could be suffering from a degenerative back disorder. The good news is that our London back pain clinic is here to offer expert help in as little as 24 hours.
To book your appointment, get in touch today.
Causes: why does back pain occur?
It’s normal to want to know why you get back pain. Often you may find yourself blaming how you sit, walk, stand, sleep and move.
The fact is that mechanical back pain occurs because of age-related wear and tear in your body. This means that everyone has the potential to wear out but we do so at different rates based on our genetic makeup. This degeneration can be hastened by repetitive actions or injury, and the pain may be made worse by prolonged or poor posture, but none of those things caused it. Exceptions to this generalisation include other conditions such as an underlying tumour, infection and rheumatological conditions. This is why getting a diagnosis and a treatment plan are so important.