Back Pain – what is the best approach?

back pain best approachIn March 2018, The Lancet (the world’s leading independent general medical journal) featured a series of reports on lower back pain.

The report highlighted the growing trend of back pain globally and the typical care offered at the earliest stages of lower back pain.

Analysis of the report acknowledged that there was an ‘unconscionable readiness’ by the medical profession to prescribe painkillers, rest, scans or intrusive procedures – and that research is proving this is not the best approach.

What was highlighted was the need for better patient education and advice so they can keep both walking and working when suffering lower back pain.

It also suggested how safe and effective hands-on-care is effective within the first steps for the treatment of low back pain.

At the time of the report’s release, Waldegrave Clinic chiropractor Catherine Quinn who is also the President of the British Chiropractic Association, appeared on Channel 5 news as a spokesperson welcoming the report findings.

Why are the report findings relevant to you?

The reality for most people is that when you are unexpectedly suffering with back pain, you just don’t know what to do.

Are you meant to keep moving? Or, should you just lie down and stay still? Do you need to ice pack, or is it a hot water bottle? Paracetamol, ibuprofen or deep heat?

Do you need physiotherapy or chiropractic, what is the difference? Do you go to see your GP? Do you need an Xray or scan?

Or do you just keep going hoping the pain will go and the problem sorts itself out?

It can be a complicated chain of thought – when all you want is for the pain to go away and to be able to move freely.

The best approach to back pain

At the Waldegrave Clinic, we see numerous patients each week whom have suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves suffering with back pain.

The first steps we will always take are diagnosis, education and advice.

You need to know what has really caused the problem in the first place. It may not be the actual physical action that happened at the time your pain started, it can often be an underlying musculoskeletal issue you may yet be unaware of.

The thorough series of questions we ask, followed by a gentle physical examination, will get to the root cause of your pain and discomfort.

Once this is explained to you, you will receive effective, gentle manipulative treatment that may help to ease and manage your pain.

Most importantly, through advice and exercise, you will learn how to avoid future recurrences.

Our clinic is well equipped with a Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation Gym, should you require expert one-on-one supervision when learning how to look after and strengthen your back.

In credible and experienced hands

The Waldegrave Clinic ethos is to provide the highest standards of care to get you better as quickly as possible and make sure you stay that way.

We are never a clinic that ‘sells’ a number of treatments. If one visit is all you need, that is all we will advise along with the exercises needed to keep you moving freely.

Take a look at some of our patient reveiws – we regularly collect feedback on an ongoing basis and have over 800 patient reviews.  feedback

Highly professional team

The Waldegrave Clinic has a team of six highly experienced Chiropractors: Tom Greenway, Catherine Quinn, Matthew Clifton Hadley, Nisha Saran, Nick Loftus and Marcus Higgins.

Two of our chiropractors are specifically noted within the Chiropractic profession – Tom Greenway, is a Council Member of the General Chiropractic Council – an independent statutory body established by Parliament to regulate the chiropractic profession.

Catherine Quinn, is President of the British Chiropractic Association that represents over 50% of the UK’s chiropractors. She is the youngest President ever elected and the third serving woman president in over an 85 year history – the last female president was elected in 1970, so Catherine leads the way in more ways than one!

Check out our individual chiropractors on the team page through their Meet the Practitioner profiles

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