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Back Pain

Approximately 30% of patients present with lower back pain, making it one of the most common disabilities for people aged between 16 and 45 and the second most common reason for doctor visits, estimated at 7 million per year. Back pain costs the NHS approximately £400 million per year; with private consultations accounting for an additional £197 million.

Back pain is a common diagnosis which can occur for a number of reasons and affects different areas of our back (upper, middle or lower). Approximately 95% of cases involve acute lower back pain which are non specific. Serious conditions are rare.

In 2010, over 185,000 work related back injuries were reported. The following are the current, most common causes for back pain:

- Car accidents

- Sporting injuries

- Poor lifting technique

- Repetitive movements

- Osteoporotic fracture

At Jonathan Clark Physiotherapy, we offer expert advice and treatment to help you manage your back pain and return to functional activity. Our therapists provide education and advice to guide your recovery as well as postural re-education to help prevent the re-occurrence of back pain. Our exercise programmes are designed to suit individual needs and to help you manage your condition at home. We also provide treatments including soft tissue massage, acupuncture, taping and manual therapy, including manipulation and mobilisation techniques to enhance your recovery.

Whiplash Associated Disorder

Did you know that whiplash accounts for over approximately £3 billion of healthcare costs annually, this number continues to rise every year. Between 2008-2012 whiplash was accountable for 72% of insurance claims.

At Jonathan Clark Physiotherapy we are faced with numerous cases of whiplash; a soft tissue neck injury most commonly caused by motor vehicle collisions. This injury can also be seen in some sporting and trauma injuries.

Whiplash is caused by an acceleration/deceleration mechanism of injury and affects our muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and bones. Symptoms of whiplash usually occur 24 hours post accident and can include the following:

-Headache

-Neck pain

-Shoulder pain

-Lower back pain

-Changes in vision

-Nausea

-Fatigue/weakness

-Dizziness

-Vertigo

Physiotherapists at Jonathan Clark are very familiar with this injury and offer expert education and advice to help reduce pain and increase range of movement.

Our treatments include postural conditioning and specific exercise prescription to increase and maintain joint mobility. We also provide soft tissue massage, acupuncture and taping to help reduce the symptoms of whiplash. We strive to fully restore movement and help you return to normal activity in approximately 4-6 weeks.

Plantar Fasciitis 

The plantar fascia is a strong fibrous band of tissue connecting our heel to our toes; providing static support and dynamic shock absorption to our lower limbs. However, when the forces through our lower limb become too much, fasciitis can develop.

Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain and tenderness across the bottom of our foot; it affects approximately 2 million people every year. It is caused by repetitive stretching of the plantar fascia, resulting in pain and inflammation. The pain is often worse in the mornings and after long periods of sitting or standing.

This medical condition is often seen in runners and other sports which place a lot of stress through the heels e.g. ballet and dancing. It can also be caused by excessive over pronation, low or high arched feet as well as obesity. It most commonly affects people aged between 40 and 60 years, however, in some cases can be seen in the younger population.

At Jonathan Clark Physiotherapy, we provide soft tissue release and joint distraction, as well as stretches to the plantar fascia, achilles tendon and calf. We can assess your lower limb positioning and offer advice regarding orthotics to ensure a neutral foot position, helping to distribute forces more evenly through the foot. 

We also offer strengthening programmes for lower leg muscles to help stabilise the ankle and foot. Our physiotherapists offer expert advice and education in order to help you self manage this condition at home, including ice, pain killers and simple exercises to progress through rehabilitation.