Persistent Spinal Pain

Persistent pain is defined as symptoms of discomfort which has been present for more than 6 months.

There are a number of physical factors which can lead to persistent spinal pain and these are commonly related to surgical lesions such disc disease, bony inflammation or joint dysfunction. However, in some patients with persistent pain, the physical factors are not very straightforward and medical professionals can sometimes attribute the continuing symptoms as being related to psycho-social factors. These include perception of pain, tolerance of pain and occasionally desensitisation of pain.

Physiotherapy is used to treat:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bony inflammation
  • Facet joint dysfunction
  • Discogenic pain
  • Post operative surgical pains

Where there are no surgical lesions to be treated, the best approach to managing persistent pain is a combination of therapy and pain management programme. This involves ensuring that that all pain factors have been fully optimised using appropriate treatment as this will then allow therapy to progress smoothly.

What should I wear?

Your physiotherapist will discuss with you what you will need to wear during your treatment sessions.

How long do sessions last?

Initial and follow-ups usually last between 30 – 40 minutes (there may be some variation between different insurers).

Does physiotherapy hurt?

Physiotherapy does not usually hurt, but please discuss this with your physiotherapist should you have any concerns over any discomfort.

Can I bring someone with me for my physiotherapy session?

You are more than welcome to bring a friend or family member to the physiotherapy sessions.

How effective is physiotherapy?

Research has shown that physiotherapy can be very effective for the appropriate conditions and as prevention of further injury.

How will payment be taken?

We will invoice your medical insurance company directly, so you do not need to worry. If you do not have insurance and are a self-payer, we ask for payment by credit / debit card.

Can I pay using Private Medical Insurance?

Yes, you can. We are recognised by all the major health insurance providers.

How many sessions will I need?

This will depend on your condition, and how your treatment progresses. Your physiotherapist will discuss this with you.

Can I stop at any time?

Yes, you can. However, we advise you to continue with your treatment plan until the end to gain maximum benefits.

Do you treat children?

Yes, we do

Can I request a male or female physiotherapist?

Yes, you have a choice of male or female therapists

At London Back Pain Clinic, we work with a number of Spinal Pain and Sports Physicians who understand persistent pain and are able to manage this well using a multidisciplinary team approach.

www.aacp.org.uk – Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

www.acpin.net – Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology

www.csp.org.uk – Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

www.physiofirst.org.uk – Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice

www.ppaonline.co.uk – Physiotherapy Pain Association Online

London Back Pain Clinic has treatment facilities located across London.