Back pain & sciatica

Treatment for upper back pain

This can include stiffness and pain across the shoulders, between the shoulder blades or into the neck. Occasionally upper back pain can be accompanied by aching, burning or tingling in the arms or hands or pain with taking a deep breath, often indicating the ribs are involved.

We will undertake a thorough examination to ascertain the exact root cause of your symptoms. Techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint stretches and mobilisations can then be used to relieve your pain. In addition to hands on treatment your physiotherapist can also give advice about posture and exercise.

People who spend lots of time sitting at a computer or driving are often affected by upper back and arm pain. Small changes to your desk or driving posture can make big changes to your symptoms.

Treatment for lower back pain

Several structures in the lower back can be responsible for causing pain, including the muscles, nerves, discs and joints. Symptoms can vary from sharp, acute pain and spasm to a more chronic dull ache or stiffness.

Physiotherapy can be highly effective in helping to relieve the pressure on the nerves, muscles and joints causing your pain, through gentle, soft tissue massage, stretching techniques and joint mobilisation.

As well as getting treatment early, getting the right advice about how to manage your back pain while the tissues heal, is also very important. Your Physiotherapist will help give you advice and tips on looking after your back at home, how long you can expect it to take and how you can prevent future problems.

Treatment for sciatica

Some people experience radiating, aching, burning pain or a sensation of heat in their legs, when they have back pain. It may be accompanied by pins and needles (tingling), numbness or weakness. There can be several causes of these symptoms so it is important to get the right diagnosis and treatment plan to get you moving again.

We will take a thorough case history to ascertain whether physiotherapy is a suitable treatment for you before we treat. If we feel you need an MRI scan or X-ray, then we can organise that for you.

If physiotherapy is suitable then it can be highly effective in helping to relieve the pressure on the nerves, muscles and joints causing your pain, through soft tissue massage, stretching techniques and joint mobilisation.