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Physiotherapy can ease back pain in the young

As the new academic term begins, recent evidence suggests that growing numbers of young people are suffering from chronic back pain.

Last month, a survey of almost 2,400 youngsters by the British Chiropractic Association reported that 37 per cent of those aged 16 to 24 have experienced neck or back pain, while half aged 18 to 34 regularly suffer backache. Experts blame an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, as well as the stress of an exam-driven culture.

Highgate Private Hospital boasts a physiotherapy department who work closely with other pain management specialists within the hospital including orthopedic consultants, consultant podiatric surgeons as well as sport physicians to provide patients suffering with back pain with a comprehensive service.

Whether you have a painful back, at any age, are recovering from surgery, or have suffered an injury playing sport, Highgate’s physiotherapists can help patients recover full fitness and mobility.

At Highgate Hospital, experienced Chartered physiotherapists will use a combination of the latest treatment techniques, exercise and advice to treat individuals in the hospital’s dedicated Physiotherapy suite with gym area. Everyone is different and that’s why Highgate tailor their treatment to you.

All of the physiotherapists at Highgate Hospital are state-registered and they are also all members of the Health Professionals Council (HPC). In addition the team supported by the onsite Diagnostic Suite for x-ray, ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning.

Highgate’s physiotherapists treat people of all ages with physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing. If you are unsure if you think you would benefit from physiotherapy, please take a look at the list below.

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain - identifying the cause of long-term pain with a one-off examination including a full assessment of spinal movements, joints and muscles.
  • Upper limb conditions - including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
  • Lower limb conditions - including the groin, hip, knee, ankle and foot.
  • Sports injuries – this service is provided to treat acute sports injuries promptly, minimising pain and damage and returning you safely to sport as soon as possible.
  • Post-operative rehabilitation – to aid recovery following orthopaedic and other surgical procedures such as a joint replacement or ligament reconstruction.
  • Posture related problems – working at a computer unfortunately encourages poor posture.  We provide practical advice and specialised stretching to help.

For young people without a genetic vulnerability, most experts advise putting away the computer games, unloading those heavy bags of books and learning how to sit and stand properly. This could help your spine be pain free for much longer.

For further information or to book an appointment please call 020 8347 3899 or email opdreception@highgatehospital.co.uk

Date: 24/09/2013
By: Lara
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