Approximately 30% of patients present with lower back pain, making it one of the most common disabilities for people aged between 16 and 45 and the second most common reason for doctor visits, estimated at 7 million per year. Back pain costs the NHS approximately £400 million per year; with private consultations accounting for an additional £197 million.
Back pain is a common diagnosis which can occur for a number of reasons and affects different areas of our back (upper, middle or lower). Approximately 95% of cases involve acute lower back pain which are non specific. Serious conditions are rare.
In 2010, over 185,000 work related back injuries were reported. The following are the current, most common causes for back pain:
- Car accidents
- Sporting injuries
- Poor lifting technique
- Repetitive movements
- Osteoporotic fracture
At Jonathan Clark Physiotherapy, we offer expert advice and treatment to help you manage your back pain and return to functional activity. Our therapists provide education and advice to guide your recovery as well as postural re-education to help prevent the re-occurrence of back pain. Our exercise programmes are designed to suit individual needs and to help you manage your condition at home. We also provide treatments including soft tissue massage, acupuncture, taping and manual therapy, including manipulation and mobilisation techniques to enhance your recovery.