Woodthorpe Spine & Neck Treatments Suffering from back or neck pain? You’re not alone..
Woodthorpe Hospital offers a comprehensive range of treatment options for your back and neck pain. So whether you need physiotherapy, pain injections or complex spinal surgery you can rest assured that we will recommend and perform the right treatment for your individual needs.
Back Pain Assessment Clinic
Private patients with back and neck pain can book directly for our back pain assessment clinic. In this clinic you will receive a full clinical evaluation of your pain by one of our senior chartered physiotherapists, and advice on specific exercises and how to resume your daily activities. They can refer you to: a consultant orthopaedic specialist, the imaging department for diagnostic tests, or the physiotherapy department to develop a treatment plan as required.
Pain injections can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of lower back pain. When used diagnostically they can help establish what structure is causing the pain in your back. A pain relieving injection can be given to a specific area of your back and if you then feel relief, it is deduced that this area is the pain source. In terms of treatment, pain relieving injections are delivered directly to your area of pain (joints, muscles, ligaments or around your nerves). They contain local anaesthetic that can block your pain and steroids to reduce inflammation. We offer nerve root blocks including facet joint injections and peripheral nerve blocks. Nerve blocks deliver medication directly to the area of pain (nerve, joints) under X-ray guidance, and reduce pain and inflammation of a compressed nerve or an arthritic, degenerative or injured joint.
Peripheral nerve blocks
Peripheral nerves blocks are used to treat painful nerve dysfunction. They offer short term pain relief whilst also reducing inflammation. The block involves injecting a local anaesthetic with a steroid close to the compressed, irritated or injured nerve and it works by reducing the conduction of pain signals along the nerve. They are often given to patients suffering from sciatica.
Sciatica is a pain caused by an irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body and runs from your back to your feet. Most often sciatica is caused by a herniated or slipped disc that presses on this nerve. Spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or an injury, infection or growth of the spine are other causes. Often the pain goes within a few weeks but if it continues or is very severe you should see a doctor. Treatment can range from simple exercises, prescription medicines, spinal injections, through to surgery. Surgery may involve lumbar decompression surgery for a slipped disc and can take the form of discectomy, fusion surgery and/or laminectomy.
Our senior chartered physiotherapists offer evidence-based, tailored programmes for your individual needs. They will initially assess your pain and then work with you offering advice and a range of physiotherapy treatments to help manage or relieve your pain. Private patients can self-refer for a physiotherapy assessment. We also treat NHS patients to help manage their pain or to offer post-operative physiotherapy rehabilitation. A referral from an orthopaedic surgeon is required.
Spinal and neck surgery
Spinal surgery may be the best treatment option for your back and neck pain. Here at Woodthopre Hospital our spinal specialists are highly experienced in performing surgeries to resolve back and neck pain.
- Prolapsed disc
A prolapsed disc, also known as a herniated or slipped disc, often causes severe lower back pain and sciatica. The inner part of the disc bulges out and may press on a nerve root which can cause pain and inflammation. Physiotherapy, medications and pain relieving injections often help improve a slipped disc. Surgery may be required and this would take the form of a discectomy to remove the part of the disc that is pressing on a nerve. It can be performed by open or keyhole surgery.
- Lumbar decompression surgery
Lumbar decompression surgery is used to treat compressed nerves in your lumbar (lower) spine that are causing persistent pain and numbness in your legs. It’s recommended when non-surgical options haven’t worked. It treats: spinal stenosis, a slipped disc and sciatica, spinal injuries and metastatic spinal cord compression. Lumbar decompression surgery normally includes one or more of these procedures: discectomy, laminectomy and spinal fusion. Discectomy removes a damaged section of a damaged disc, laminectomy removes a bone section and spinal fusion joins two or more vertebrae together to improve stability.
- Spinal decompression surgery
Spinal decompression surgery refers to various procedures performed to relieve back and neck pain caused by the compression of your spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Surgery aims to give your spinal cord or nerve roots more space and reduce their impingement. It can involve one or a combination of operations including: discectomy, laminectomy, foraminotomy (removal of bone in the space between vertebrae where the nerve root exits the spinal canal) and spinal fusion.
- Spinal cord stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation can relieve chronic nerve pain in some people. It involves implanting a small device under X-ray guidance into your body to transmit an electrical current to your spinal cord. Spinal cord stimulation sends mild electrical pulses that change the pain messages sent by your body to your brain.