Ramsay Health Care UK: Spine pain and spinal problems in the UK
Ramsay Health Care offer a comprehensive range of orthopaedic treatments. Ramsay is one of the UK's leading providers of private healthcare with 22 private hospitals, nine treatment centres and three neurological units.
Spinal surgery techniques available at Ramsay hospitals
Lumbar discectomy for Sciatica
The back is a complicated structure built around the bones of the spinal column. The bones join together at the disc joints and fact joints of the spine. The nerves of the spinal cord, which connect the brain to the rest of the body pass down the middle of the spine. The spinal nerves pass out of the spine at the levels of each disc going to the arms, trunks and legs. If a disc becomes worn it may develop into a bulge which is referred to as a slipped disc. This bulge may press on a nerve and cause leg pain (Sciatica)
A lumbar discectomy procedure offered by Ramsay will help patients to recover from sciatica more quickly and reduce future reoccurrences. The operation involves an incision into the lower back and the removal of the piece of disc that is pressing on the nerve. Usually before the procedure, the patients will receive an MRI scan to confirm the location of the slipped disc.
You can choose from a number of well equipped private hospitals across the UK
Intervention options for back pain
Orthopaedic surgeons or pain specialists at Capio Hospitals can also offer a number of intervention options as day case procedures. These include:
- A caudal epidural injection (often under X-ray control to pin point accuracy), which can improve back pain by 50-60%.
- A nerve root injection (done under sedation) which can improve sciatica by 75%
- A facet joint injection
Pain management for spinal pain
Pain management specialists at Ramsay can offer advice on the management of pain and techniques for self-management and can offer pain relief in the form of :
- A lumbar epidural injection for lower back pain
- A cervical epidural injection for neck pain
For the injection options, pain relief can be immediate but can often be gradual over a period of 5 – 7 days. The benefits can be felt for three months and often up to six months. Sometimes this allows you to continue with an exercise programme to keep your pain under control.
Physiotherapy and chronic back pain
Treatment for chronic back pain can incorporate a variety of techniques including:
Patients will be assessed and a treatment pathway discussed and subsequently delivered. For back pain they will be encouraged to attend a ‘Back care Education’ session which may be offered separately or included in your 1:1 physiotherapy sessions. Ramsay physiotherapists will advise also if the patient needs to seek specialist support from a Consultant Surgeon or Pain Specialist.
Physiotherapy and ankylosing spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a rheumatic disease mainly affecting the Spine. AS affects approximately 1 in 200 men and 1 in 500 women in the UK, typically striking in the late teens / early twenties.
Spondylitis means inflammation of the joints in the spine and ankylosing means fusing together. In AS some or all of the bones of the spine fuse, although entire fusing is unusual. Fusion usually begins low down in the sacro-iliac joints and often doesn’t progress much higher than the lumbar region. Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms include gradual onset of back pain and stiffness and early morning stiffness which wears off with movement and is worse after rest and better after exercise.
Appropriate exercise is essential however to maintain mobility and to prevent stooped postures. Physiotherapy can help by promoting postural awareness, fitness and self help measures. If ankylosing spondylitis is managed carefully, you should be able to live a full and normal life.
Lumbar microdiscectomy for back and leg pain
Lumbar canal widening for back and leg pain
Anterior cervical fusion for arm and neck pain
Injections for low back and neck pain
Facial pain due to trigeminal neuralgia
Carpal tunnel decompression for carpal tunnel syndrome
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