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Common questions

Which therapist should I see for my back pain?

We have a variety of therapists specialising in different treatment methods and who often combine therapies to achieve the best result (recognising that not all patients will respond to certain treatments and that a multidisciplinary approach may be more appropriate). However, we recommend in some back pain presentations that clients are initially to be seen by our senior Spinal Osteopaths/Physiotherapists to obtain a diagnosis and treatment plan. Please speak to reception on 01227 458430 and discuss which therapist will be most appropriate.

I exercise and go to the gym and I still get problems why is this?

Back pain is common in sport and there is no guarantee that keeping fit will prevent you from having back pain; in fact, some exercises may be causing or contributing to your problem. We would suggest having an assessment and trying to correct any imbalances you may have; we would then advise the safest way for you to exercise.

Why does my back pain keep re-occurring?

There may be several reasons; however, we believe rehabilitation compliance is a prominent feature. Many patients will often be embarrassed to admit that they do not keep up their self-rehabilitation programmes after they have been discharged from intensive treatment; they slip back into poor habits at work/sport etc. Patients should aim for a lifelong commitment to self-rehabilitation with occasional check-ups. We will check you against your previous findings and treat/direct accordingly to get you back on track.

What is the difference between physiotherapists and osteopaths and other types of therapies that treat back pain?

All therapies/therapists have their own opinions and beliefs on how best to treat back pain. Their approaches may vary depending on their particular training and experiences. Many therapists suggest core stability is key, others may suggest joints are out of alignment and need realigning, or that muscle imbalances are causing the problem, and some may combine several approaches to achieve a positive outcome. However, we believe it is best to be open-minded as differing approaches can be effective in isolation or combination. We advise clients to be sure they are seeing a regulated professional who will be aware of these factors.

The key advantage to our clients at Team Buckley is our vast experience in treating back problems and identifying the limitations of certain treatments on specific injuries. We also know when to call upon another professional, such as an orthopaedic medical consultant.

Does treatment correct the cause of my problem?

There are a multitude of potential causes for your pain and dysfunction: an example of this may be repetitive posture, such as sitting—poorly positioned—in front of a computer all day, resulting in stiff, immobile joints. You can have this improved through therapy that involves mobilising and adjusting the areas through specific manipulation; however, unless you change your sitting posture, ensure you have the correct support and regularly stretch out, your problem will most likely reoccur. The cause of your pain may be a stiff joint, compressed nerves etc.; however, the source of the problem is often rooted in what you do and how often you choose to do it. Adapting this, in our opinion, is essential to injury prevention; otherwise, you may find yourself having all types of treatment with limited results.

In some jobs, aches and pains may be an inevitable part of living—especially in occupations and hobbies that involve heavy labour, repetitive poor postures/movements or contact sport; therefore, we recommend seeking our advice on how best to manage your pains.

How long are the treatment sessions ?

This will largely depend on the diagnosis and injury presentation. The time you treat for is not necessarily the determining factor for an effective result. For example, too much treatment may be detrimental to the recovery of an acute patient and too little time on a more chronic case may not produce effective results; therefore, we allow after your initial consultation up to 25 - 30 minutes per session, which is important and valuable to our clients, as this allows enough time for treatment, patient questions, effective planning and exercise implementation.

How much treatment will I need?

We expect most will find treatment effective for pain relief after only a few sessions; however, this may depend on several variables, such as how long you have had the problem for, and which tissue is affected (e.g. an injured disc causing sciatica would be expected to take longer to recover than a muscle). In some cases, relying on reduced pain to be the overall indicator that you have recovered is unreliable, and discharging a patient too early—without having corrected movement impairments, flexibility imbalances, posture etc.—may result in reoccurrence and frustration.

However, as discussed in the Treatment Aims and Objectives section, there can be exceptions. Most importantly, what does the patient want and expect from their treatment? Some patients are happy to have pain relief therapy, while others may look for a more structured management of their problem; both are addressed at the clinic. Treatment should always be specific to an individual’s presentation, as no two patients are the same.

How do we check therapists are regulated?

Both Osteopaths’ and Physiotherapists’ titles are protected by law, which means it is illegal for anyone to use these titles dishonestly. All of our therapists are registered with the Health Professions Council (Physiotherapists) or the General Osteopathic Council (Osteopaths). Our Sports Therapists are registered with the Federation of Holistic Therapists.

Our clinic is based on recommendation from a variety of sources, including several doctors and consultants; we are more than happy to discuss your treatment with your medical consultant via telephone or letter, and we would actively encourage this.

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