Low Back Pain

80% of the UK population will suffer from back pain at some point in their life.

According to the Health and Safety Executive’s Labour Force Study of 2016-17 38% of sick days were due to back pain, this totals 194,000 cases leading to 3.2 million sick days.

Most back pain is muscular in origin or has a large muscular component to it and will usually ease within 6-12 weeks as long as you are able to keep moving through the pain. Physiotherapy can help speed up this process considerably.

If you feel that the pain is not just muscular or you have symptoms such as pain travelling down either or both legs, or pins and needles/numbness – you definitely need to see a physiotherapist. Symptoms like these should not be left – the quicker you get treatment the faster your recovery.

Our Physiotherapists have over 50 years of combined experience and we see a lot of low back pain! We are experts in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of low back pain, so if you are suffering don’t delay, call us today on 01438 317037 – we can see you within 48 hours (weekends not included). 

Kerri Surman – Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Treatment for a Stiff Neck

At the Back Pain and Sports Injury Clinic we treat all types of neck pain every single day. For this type of neck pain and stiffness one of the treatment techniques we utilise is a very effective treatment called traction. 

The traction gently opens the facet joints reducing the compression and increasing blood flow to the joint surfaces. This blood flow helps to reduce stiffness, heal the sore tissues and will therefore improve your range of movement.

We have numerous testimonials from people who have had great results being treated with neck traction.

If you are suffering with neck pain and stiffness it is important you get it checked by a healthcare professional who is fully qualified and has lots of experience assessing and treating the neck – just like our physiotherapists here at the Back Pain and Sports Injury Clinics.

Give us a call and book an appointment 01438 317037

Kerri Surman
Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Exercise for a stiff neck

When the facet joints become stiff and less mobile, we need to find ways of getting them moving. A very helpful stretch is the side flexion stretch.

You should tip your head away from the painful/stiff side. This has the effect of stretching the sore muscles and stiff joints. If you tip towards the sore side, you will be compressing the sore joint which has become sore due to compression!!!!

This stretch may be slightly uncomfortable but shouldn’t be painful.

If this stretch causes and long-lasting pain or causes and pain which travels down your arms you should stop it immediately and get a physiotherapy appointment.

To get more information about your neck pain and some treatment and exercises tailored just for you please call us to book in with one of our expert physiotherapists on 01438 317037

Kerri Surman
Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Anatomy of a Stiff Neck

The facets are joints within the spine, 2 at each level – a left and a right. The 2 surfaces of the joint glide over each other due to lubrication naturally within the joint. As we move more, the joint becomes more lubricated, this is why once we are up and moving in the morning, the stiff neck starts to feel al little better.

When the joint is stiff and sore it will naturally move less, this can lead to long-term reductions in your range of motion.

It is important to see a qualified physiotherapist if you are suffering from neck pain or stiffness. Call us on 01438 317037 to book a consultation.

Kerri Surman
Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Stiff Neck?

Have you ever woken up in the morning with a really stiff and sore neck? For some unknown reason you can’t look over 1 shoulder because of some horrible pain and stiffness on one side of your neck! Gradually through the day it gets a bit easier and less painful, but then feels sore again when you try to get to sleep – and then when you wake up the next day it’s no better! 

This is really common; most people have probably experienced this at some time.

So, what’s going on?

Well, from the people I see in clinic the pattern seems to be of an irritable facet joint in the neck which leads to some muscle spasm. It’s painful because the muscle spasm hurts and turning the head is difficult because the joint doesn’t like the movement.

An irritable facet joint could be caused by sleeping with your neck tipped over to one side, or with the shoulder hitched up near to the ear lobe. These positions compress the facet joints which is totally normal, but if you sleep heavily and don’t move out of this position, the facet joint can remain compressed for several hours and this is what causes the problem. Our joints are designed to be moved to keep them lubricated, or when they are motionless at times of rest, to be held near to their neutral positions.

We treat lots of stiff necks at the Back Pain and Sports Injury Clinics. Without treatment pain can subside but the stiffness may remain and you can lose some neck range of movement.

If this is a problem you are suffering with, give us a call on 01438 317037 and book a session with one of our expert physiotherapists.

Kerri Surman
Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Women’s World Cup

Football is now the top participation sport for women and girls in the uk with over 3 million registered players. The Women’s Super League (WSL) is a fully professional league with the season taking place from September – May.

With any participation in sport comes the risk of injury. Whilst many injuries are the same for women and men, the prevalence is different. If you have any interest in football you’ve probably heard of the dreaded ACL injury. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a strong ligament inside of the knee joint. It gives the knee joint some stability and sends messages to the brain about what position the knee is – this information and stability helps us with our balance, coordination and strength. The ACL is a vital part of our knee anatomy especially for sports that involve lots of twisting, turning, change of speed and change of direction.

Women rupture their ACL’s playing football 2.8 times more often than men. This is thought to be due to differences in knee and hip anatomy, hormonal fluctuations which affect the balance and coordination, differences in the coordination patterns of knee stiffening and imbalances between the leg muscles and the core muscles.

An ACL injury can stop you from playing for 12 months, usually requires surgery if your aim is to return to playing football and then comes with a very hard rehabilitation programme. The aims of rehab are not only to get you back to playing, but to reduce the chances of your surgery failing and to reduce the very high risk that your other knee may become injured. The surgery failure rate in non-professional sports participants is very high due to the lack of physiotherapy input and guidance through the full 12 months of rehab.

If you play football and would like some advice and about how to avoid injury, or maybe you are carrying an injury that you should get checked out, come and visit us at one of our clinics in Stevenage or Hemel Old Towns.

Call to speak to one of our friendly team on 01438 317037

The female ACL: Why is it more prone to injury?. J Orthop. 2016;13(2):A1–A4. Published 2016 Mar 24. doi:10.1016/S0972-978X(16)00023-4

Offer for referrals

We now offer a referral scheme for our existing customers.

If you refer a friend, they get 25% off their first session and you get 25% off your next session.

Speak to us when you next visit.