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who to see for a bad back

Postby ironworkersgrandson on Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:38 pm

HI all,

SInce i was about 28 ive had problems with my lower back. now I'm 40 its just constantly aches ! it takes me about 4 or 5 steps after getting up before i stand straight, i struggle with putting on my socks in the morning and am about a foot short of touching my toes.

i go gym 3 days a week lifting weights and core excersies
yoga once a week
golf sat am
chiropractor once a month

but still constanly aching and in pain

i have a office job which prob don't help

so just wondering who best to see next, what type of specialist ? surgeon, osteopath, vet, physio ?
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Postby EvilC on Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:46 pm

Where are you based? I can recommend an excellent Physio who has done more for my back in six weeks than a collection of osteopaths, doctors and other physiotherapists combined have done over 15 years.
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby ironworkersgrandson on Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:58 pm

wickford in essex
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby woodford on Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:22 pm

probably too far but theres a brilliant guy in Debden ( loughton )

I've had a dodgy back or shoulder for years, loads of things just didn't work but this bloke has sorted everything
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby White Goodman on Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:22 pm

Your mum sorted mine out
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby FreeWheeling on Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:43 am

Smoke some weed then go to the chiropractor, so relaxed that it works twice as well :D
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Postby richard99cook on Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:44 pm

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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby ageing hammer on Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:54 pm

White Goodman wrote:Your mum sorted mine out


She's the cause of mine :D
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby RichieRiv on Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:08 pm

Mrs RR has tried them all - Osteopath, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapy, Holistic this and holistic that, but after all that it was a Sports Physio that sorted it out.

Try and get one of recommendation as some of them will tell you that you need a string of 12 sessions etc.
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby DrVenk on Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:28 pm

ironworkersgrandson wrote:i go gym 3 days a week lifting weights and core excersies
ironworkersgrandson wrote:but still constanly aching and in pain


These might not be unrelated! Especially if you dead lift...

RichieRiv wrote:Sports Physio that sorted it out.


I make RR's suggestion the best one in my experience.
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby DasNutNock on Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:46 pm

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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby WHU Independent on Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:09 pm

Give acupuncture a go. I had a bad shoulder/elbow - nothing sorted it. Went to acupuncture - bang gone. The guy actually stuck needles in my leg - it's to do with the routes of energy apparently - didn't hurt a bit BUT when he slightly moved one I got a kind of really gentle electric shock in my elbow/shoulder!

I don't usually put credence in this kinda stuff, but it worked for me.
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby Hugh Jargon II on Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:00 pm

Andrew Mills. Billericay. Ostepath. He has magic hands. Pardon?
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby RichieRiv on Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:15 pm

Hugh Jargon II wrote:Andrew Mills. Billericay. Ostepath. He has magic hands. Pardon?


That was the osteopath Mrs RR saw. Although he's not a quack (anyone can call themselves an osteopath) he didn't resolve the problem.

Like all these things it's horses for courses.

One of my team at work is training for the marathon and has injured her knee. She got referred to a Sports Physio who diagnosed "Runners Knee" and gave her some exercises. It hasn't resolved, so she went to see a consultant (friend of a friend etc) who works with Bournemouth and Southampton FC. Turns out the sports physio gave a generic diagnoses which translates as "I don't know, but give this a go - oh and that's 75 quid".
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby Samba on Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:23 am

DasNutNock wrote:Image


There's 2 things you should know about this one
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby Smonnie on Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:27 pm

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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby Estuary on Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:11 pm

ironworkersgrandson wrote:wickford in essex


There is a very good sports physio based at the David Lloyd in Westcliff on Sea, Paul Fisher. I have a bad lower back and he has fixed that and other things like shoulder and neck issues, but crucially he wont wind you in for multiple visits. You don't have to be a member to attend the clinic.

http://physioacademy.co.uk/
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby wizzo_66 on Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:26 pm

I've got bad sciatica which was managable until late last year when it cranked up to 10 and I couldn't move.

Saw a holistic chiro & massage team. They were superb.

The chiro worked to re balance and align you, very subtle work with a special bench - and after a number of sessions continuing with this you are then released for soft tissue massage to assist with the pain and work out the knots.

A long game but so glad I went for professionals with that approach rather than chiros who attack the source of pain and bend you about. You only end up back there as they don't address the cause over the symptoms. Bit like getting angry at Bilic and Moyes instead of Sullivan :D .
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby DasNutNock on Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:27 pm

Samba wrote:There's 2 things you should know about this one


Thank you young crone. Here is a purse of moneys... which I'm not going to give to you.
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Re: who to see for a bad back

Postby hammer etc on Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:39 pm

My advise if you have not had an MRI (not very pleasant if you are claustrophobic) is to get refered. Amongst other things brought on by age and the work I have done I have a pars defect. My spine has slipped forward at the base and if it gets any worse I will have to have a plate fitted. Generally I don't get too much pain as my back goes in to spasm as my muscules tend to stiffen up my back. So you may have a more serious condition than you think. So while other professions can help I think it is best to get all the information first.

Good luck
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