Treatment at Angel Sports Injury and Physiotherapy Clinic can Reduce Recurring Low Back Pain

Why Angel Islington’s Sports Injury and Physiotherapy Clinic can Help Treat Low Back Pain and Help Prevent Recurrences

According to Lena Nordeman a registered physiotherapist and researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, low back pain can benefit from prompt treatment at an early stage to prevent the limitations imposed on leisure and work activities by this chronic problem. And with up to 80% of people suffering with low back at some point in their life there is a big impact on family life and on work place productivity.


As part of her thesis, she carried out a study in a same-day appointment system with the option of going straight to see the physiotherapist. The effect of receiving an examination and treatment within 48 hours was subsequently evaluated compared to being on a waiting list for four weeks before receiving the same treatment.

60 patients with low back pain for 3-12 weeks took part in the study, which was carried out in primary health care in Södra Älvsborg, south-west Sweden.

Both groups improved after the treatment ended. The group that had been given early access to an examination and individualised treatment maintained their improvement after six months, while the group that had been held on a waiting list were more likely to suffer with recurring back pain

Lena Nordeman draws the conclusion that early examination and treatment by a physiotherapist as soon as a patient asks for care could be important for reducing low back pain in the long term.

The thesis involved the investigation of 130 women who had suffered with low back pain for more than three months and who among others had undertaken a walk test. These women were followed up after two years at it revealed that the walk test was a good predictor of both future ability to work and limitations in everyday activities.

It is recommended that patients with long-term widespread pain or fibromyalgia be given education and a physical exercise programme to help alleviate their symptoms. Nordeman's thesis also looked at which patients benefit most from this treatment. 166 patients with widespread pain or fibromyalgia from Gothenburg, Uddevalla and Alingsås were randomly divided into two groups, the first of which was given a six-session education programme and 20-week pool exercise programme supervised by a physiotherapist, while the second was given just the education programme.

The group that received both the education and the physical exercise programme showed the greatest improvement in perceived health, and that patients with moderate symptoms benefitted most from exercise.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain affects up to 80% of people of working age at some time in their lives, though most will recover. Low back pain can be recurring, and some people will continue to suffer with some degree of pain. In 85-90% of cases the pain cannot be attributed to a specific illness or injury.

Verity Simon at Islington’s Angel Sports Injury and Physiotherapy Clinic’s physiotherapist can help treat your acute back pain or chronic back pain to provide a long term rehabilitation plan to help prevent a recurrence and get you back to sport and work as quick as possible.


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