Back Pain Treatment Southampton
This is the most common reason for the presence of a patient in a physiotherapist’s office. It is a heavy burden for people and may exclude them from professional and family life.
It has a multifactorial origin. The cause may be muscle pain, degenerative changes, spine injuries, disc problems, sacroiliac joints. In addition, factors that can cause back pain include a sedentary lifestyle, little or no physical activity, or stress. Overloading leads to the limited movement of the entire spine. That is why it is essential to intervene quickly and make an accurate diagnosis.
Back pain can also be a signal of severe damage; therefore, an appropriate history and clinical examination help to exclude them. Verification of the “red flags” during the interview and functional tests allows the detection of more severe disorders, such as cancer, cauda equina syndrome or myelopathy, in which the patient must be referred to a doctor as soon as possible to implement appropriate diagnostics and treatment.
The most popular techniques used to fight back pain are the McKenzie method, massage, electrotherapy, manual therapy (trigger points, HVLA joint manipulations – the so-called “Setting”).
What is McKenzie Method?
The McKenzie method uses repetitive movements in different directions in examination and treatment. The variability of symptoms is evaluated, which allows determining the location of the cause of the pain. The procedures used provide immediate pain relief.
Scientific research conducted in 2019 by Namnaqani FI. and his team compared and evaluated the effectiveness of the McKenzie method versus manual therapy (MT) in the treatment of patients with chronic lower back pain. The effectiveness of the McKenzie method in reducing pain in patients has been proven, and the patient’s functioning improved compared to manual therapy (MT).
The guidelines of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggest that chronic back pain treatment (CLBP) should be effectuated as soon as possible because patient education and the selection of activities according to their preferences allows for faster recovery and reduce the chances of later complications.
Most of the current scientific research proves that regular physical activity and rehabilitation exercises combined with physical therapy give the best results and prognosis for the future.