Back Pain Chelmsford

If you are experiencing long term or chronic back pain, our pain management team can help. Our expert pain specialists are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating conditions that cause back pain.

Back Pain Services in Chelmsford

If you are experiencing back pain, you are not alone; it is very common and affects many people. Often back pain can improve on its own. However, if your back pain has lasted more than a few weeks, is getting worse over time, or is preventing you from your everyday activities, you should see a back pain specialist.

With a dedicated pain management service here at Phoenix Hospital Chelmsford, our specialists are experienced in effectively diagnosing and treating all types of back pain.

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Common causes of back pain

There are many different causes of back pain. The most common that we see include:

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Degenerative disc disease

This is caused by the wearing down of vertebral discs in your back. These are the cushions in between your vertebrae; the bones in your spine.

Usually providing your back the ability to bend and twist, if the vertebral discs wear away too much, the bones can end up rubbing together. This causes back and neck pain that gets worse sitting or bending over.

Depending on the severity of degenerative disc disease, treatments can range from physiotherapy, medications, injections or, in more severe cases, spinal surgery.

Facet joint arthritis

The facet joints are located in the posterior of the spine. When the cartilage that covers these joints wears thin, this causes facet joint arthritis.

Facet joint arthritis can cause pain and stiffness in the back that can radiate down towards the buttocks and thighs. It is usually caused by old age, history of trauma, or degenerative disc disease.

Conservative treatments for facet joint arthritis include medications such as anti-inflammatories or topical treatments, while more severe cases may benefit from the use of steroid injections.

Wear and tear

Our joints, bones, cartilage and ligaments naturally deteriorate as we get older. While, for the most part, this is no cause for concern, some of the wear and tear associated with aging can cause pain and discomfort.

Your consultant will spend the time to understand your symptoms and concerns, as well as your medical history, to determine the root cause of your pain and establish the best course of treatment for you.

Injuries such as pulled muscles

Injuries can cause significant long term back pain and discomfort. Muscle or tendon injuries to the back are known as back strains, while stretched or torn ligaments are known as back sprains.

Both strains and sprains are very common back injuries, and can be caused by just one event such as improper lifting of a heavy object.

In very rare cases, more serious causes like infection or cancer

While uncommon, some back pain can be caused by more serious conditions. Your consultant will make a thorough assessment of your symptoms and medical history to establish the root cause of your pain, and rule out anything serious.

Back pain symptoms

Other than pain in the back, common symptoms associated with back pain include:

  • Reduction in range of movement
  • Tingling or pins and needles
  • Strange sensation travelling down the legs
  • Difficulty walking or climbing stairs
  • Lumbar stenosis – compression of the nerves in the legs

If you are experiencing any of the above alongside your back pain, it’s worth getting checked out by a back pain expert who will be able to establish the root cause of your symptoms.

Back pain symptoms

Types of back pain

There are three different categories of back pain based on how long it has lasted:

  • Acute back pain is any back pain that lasts less than 8 weeks. This is usually caused by a sudden injury and can be treated using conservative treatments such as pain relief. 
  • If your back pain lasts longer than 8 weeks, this is considered acute to chronic back pain. This usually hasn’t responded to at-home treatments and requires further investigation into the cause. 
  • Back pain lasting more than 6 months is chronic back pain. If you are experiencing chronic back pain you will most likely need to undergo some tests to establish the cause. 

How we diagnose back pain

Your diagnosis will be based on a comprehensive clinical assessment. Your doctor will take a thorough medical history and physical examination. If needed you may need further investigations such as MRI scans, but this will depend on your individual symptoms and medical history.

How we diagnose back pain

Back pain treatments we offer

Your treatment will depend on the diagnosis and cause of your back pain. For inflammatory problems, you will be prescribed anti-inflammatories. If the pain is being caused by a mechanical issue, the options are likely to be injections or radiofrequency ablation. For nerve-related pain, this will require anti neuropathic medications.

Your consultant will go into more detail about the treatment options available to you. As this service is highly personalised, we will take into account your history, symptoms, and cause to determine the best course of action for you.

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