Back pain…to move or not to move…

For many years, there has been conflicting advice about what to do when your back hurts.  The “old-school” method of long term, complete rest has been thankfully put to bed, however sometimes, in the short term, rest has its place, and is needed to let your muscles have a chance to relax. Many people’s beliefs fit into 2 categories – … Read More

Heat or ice?

Deep heat, ice packs, hot water bottles, freeze spray, heat pads …we’ve all heard of these different types of heat/cold therapy to help with pain, but sometimes it gets confusing as to which to use and when. As a general rule of thumb, if you have had a new injury and there is swelling…use ice.  This will prevent further inflammation … Read More

I Must Have Slipped A Disc!

This image is an MRI of a patient’s lumbar spine (lower back), showing a significant disc bulge. You can see the disc slipping out of place and squashing the spinal cord (white bit) – can’t you? This must be painful, right? And surely it could slip further and cause even more damage? The truth is that this is very unlikely.  … Read More

The vicious cycle of stress and back pain – and what to do about it

Most of us have some element of stress or anxiety in our lives.  Whether caused by work, study, home life, family or health concerns.  This blog will look at the links between stress and back pain – how stress can contribute to back pain, discuss how stress because of back pain can make it worse, and what to do about … Read More

Why having an MRI may cause more harm than good

The image on the left shows a “normal, healthy” spine. The one on the right shows…you’ve guessed it – an arthritic, degenerated one.  I have treated many patients with spinal images like the one on the right. One particular patient stands out.  She came into the clinic in agony, and even struggled to walk.  The surprising reason for this was … Read More

Knee osteoarthritis – what is it and what should I do about it?

Osteoarthritis is defined as “degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone, most common from middle age onward”.  You may have had an x ray and been told you have “wear and tear”, “no cartilage left”, been reduced to “bone on bone”, have developed “spurs”, or been classified as “mild/moderate/severe arthritis”.  Many of these diagnoses may be alarming to hear, … Read More