There are a number of causes of back pain from muscle spasm , joint degeneration, wear and tear, pregnancy, irritated/prolapsed discs, whiplash, postural problems and much more.
Low back pain can originate from the spine moving incorrectly which leads to stimulation of pain sensitive structures. There are many problems that can cause secondary low back pain such as problems with foot position (fallen arches), knee problems or hip problems. When issues are present in these areas the body over compensates which misaligns the spine and can lead to inflammation surrounding the structures taking the brunt.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Neck and shoulder pain are a very common problem reported by people in all walks of life as issues can arise from both heavily physical activities as well as sedentary jobs. Our lifestyles are wrought with poor posture due to the day to day tasks we carry out. This can lead to shortening of the muscles in the neck and chest and lengthening of the muscles around the shoulder blades which reinforces the poor posture having a knock on effect. Something as little as sleeping in an awkward position can set off neck pain and in turn headaches and dizzy spells. Physiotherapy is proven to be very effective in mobilising the soft tissues. Lengthening the tight structures and releasing the pressure off the nerves and spine which reduces pain and restores range of movement. Advice and exercises can then be given to strengthen the weakened structures allowing your posture to improve over time for the long term.
Trapped Nerves/ Sciatica
There are many different structures which can lead to ‘trapped or irritated nerves’ from wear and tear in the joints, prolapsed disc and spasm in muscles. This can often lead to problems such as sciatica, pain radiating into the arms and legs, numbness and pins and needles. Physiotherapy is very effective treatment for all of the above scenarios and the assessment carried out will determine which of the structures is causing the nerve irritation in order to relieve the related symptoms.
The Physiotherapists at the clinic are very experienced in treating sports injuries from the minor muscle strains to rehabilitation following a major injury. Physiotherapy is proven to be very effective in maximising recovery from a musculoskeletal injury as well as injury prevention. Alongside the hands on treatment to aid the repair of the damaged structures advice is offered regarding strengthening exercises and return to training. This is designed to meet the individual’s needs and is therefore based upon the outcome of the initial assessment as well as the individuals goals.
There are two main types of arthritis; Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis. Both conditions cause pain and swelling in the joints and tend to have period of peaks and troughs. Although physiotherapy cannot cure arthritis it is proven to be very effective in managing the symptoms at the time of a flare up. Soft tissue mobilisation and electrotherapy can help to reduce the painful symptoms and as all joint problems there are usually secondary symptoms due to the body compensating when walking etc. Treatment can be very effective in highlighting and therefore preventing these problems.
Post injury and Post-operative rehabilitation
After injury or surgery your recovery time can be greatly improved by appropriate physiotherapy. A rehabilitation program can be designed for you individually to help you return to your pre-operative activities. Physiotherapy has proven to be very beneficial following all musculoskeletal surgeries such as Anterior Cruciate repair, tendon reattachment, knee replacement, hip replacement etc.
Extensive research has proven that Physiotherapy can be hugely beneficial in maximising recovery following a stroke. We have experience in designing rehabilitation programs around the individual’s needs and abilities. Physiotherapy can work towards goals from fine motor movements such as picking up coins or larger movements such as safely moving in and out of bed, walking, using stairs. Each individual has their own particular goals which the treatment can focus on moving towards.
Joyce Savage Physiotherapy have many years of experience working with businesses offering treatment to their staff which has proved very effective in reducing sickness and improving staff working environments. Staff are referred to the clinic and given treatment as well as advised on ways to prevent reoccurrence. The physiotherapist’s liaise with Occupational Health Staff as well as the GP when necessary.