Back Pain

Back Pain

Back pain and lower back pain are very common problems. In fact, lower back pain and sciatica are the most common problems that we see here at NIHP in Sacriston, Durham.

Back pain can affect anyone at any age, and sometimes feels like it’s “just happened for no reason at all.”

Your pain can often be the result of a sprain, or a strain of the structures of the back such as the muscles, ligaments, joints or damage to the discs.

If you’ve got lower back pain, stiffness or an ache, it’s very tempting to think that it will go away on its own. Or like many of us, it’s just a bit of stiffness that everyone suffers from as they get older.

Here are just some of the back conditions patients visit NIHP Durham for treatment:

  • Acute back pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Some Disc problems
  • Mechanical back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Osteoarthritis
Man with back pain sitting at a desk

How do you get Back Pain?

Back pain can be brought on by heavy lifting, moving awkwardly or due to an accident. Sometimes it can come on without any specific injury to your back.

Stress, depression, posture, being overweight, sedentary living and poor lifestyle habits can all be significant factors.

People can feel a range of symptoms such as stiffness, tenderness and mild to very severe pain. The pain can come on quite suddenly or over time, and be located anywhere in the spine from the top of the neck to the pelvis.

Sometimes pressure from the back on the nerves can cause pain or pins and needles and numbness in the legs and arms. X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis.

Or, the one thing we hear most often in clinic, is that “there’s no obvious reason why it happened – and it doesn’t seem to be shifting!

How can NIHP Durham help?

There is good quality evidence supporting the beneficial effects of manipulation and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends treatments like Osteopathy and Physiotherapy.

  • We can help you find out what’s really going on, and get to the root cause of your back pain
  • We can quickly start treatment that will relieve you of the pain you are suffering
  • We can provide self-help techniques to do at home to help speed up your recovery
  • Once we’ve sorted out the problem, we’ll give you the best advice for avoiding pain in future

We can help you get back to living life free from back pain.

Treatment is different in every individual, and sometimes it might involve treating other areas in the body such as the hips or neck. Your body is a network of inter-connected bones, muscles and nerves.

Practitioners will use a wide range of manual treatments depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis.

Practitioners may also offer advice on your lifestyle, particularly if they feel something you are doing repetitively is part of the reason why you have back pain. They may offer advice on your posture, diet and exercises.

Book your treatment today

  • Does your back pain stop you sleeping at night?
  • Is your energy ‘zapped’ for the rest of the day?
  • Has it stopped you enjoying quality time with friends and family?
  • Are you sick of painkillers that are harmful to your long-term health?
  • Do you want to avoid dangerous surgery and painful injections?

Contact the Team with your questions for information and advice.
Book Online or call 0191 398 0000 to speak to one of the team.

Back Pain at NHS Choices
Arthritis Research UK
National Osteoporosis Society
Backcare UK