West Midlands Spine & Neck Treatments
Suffering from back or neck pain? You’re not alone..
West Midland Hospital offers a wide range of treatment options for back and neck pain. These include physiotherapy and pain injections to manage the pain and spinal surgery to alleviate a diagnosed back or neck condition.
Private patients with back and neck pain can benefit from easy access to expert specialist advice by experienced spinal consultants, accurate assessment and diagnosis and, a range of treatment options.
Pain injections can be used to diagnose and treat lower back pain. They can be used to help determine which structure in your back is generating pain. If you feel pain relief when you’ve had an injection to a specific area of your back, then it can be inferred that that is the source of the pain. Pain relieving injections are normally made up of local anaesthetic to block pain and steroids to reduce inflammation. This medication is effectively delivered straight to the painful area of your back which may be your joints, muscles, ligaments or around your nerves.
Facet joint injections as their name suggests deliver medication to your weight bearing facet joints that can become painful due to arthritis, degeneration and injury. They are often combined with physiotherapy as a treatment option. When the pain and inflammation is managed physiotherapy has a greater likelihood of working.
During an epidurogram, dye is injected into your spine under X-ray guidance to ascertain how effective a nerve root block will be. Nerve root blocks deliver medication directly into your nerve root using X-ray guidance. Diagnostically they can be used to identify the nerve causing your pain or therapeutically to relieve pain and inflammation caused by a compressed nerve in your spinal column.
Our chartered physiotherapists offer a physiotherapy assessment for acute and chronic back and neck pain to private patients. They can provide advice and a range of physiotherapy treatments to help manage and alleviate your pain. They can also direct you to a spinal consultant if required. Appointments are often available within one working day. NHS patients can be referred to us by their spinal consultant to help review and manage their back and neck pain or for a post-operative rehabilitation physiotherapy programme of care.Our physiotherapy service includes: manual therapy, therapeutic tailored exercise plans and the application of electro-physical modalities.
Spinal and neck surgery
Sometimes spinal surgery is the best treatment options for your back and neck care. West Midlands Hospital provides a comprehensive spinal surgery service. Our spinal surgeons will discuss in detail your treatment options and the procedure, advantages, risks, recovery and aftercare of any recommended surgery.
Spinal fusion surgery involves connecting together two or more vertebrae using a bone graft. It’s performed to reduce pain caused by narrowing of the spinal canal and compression of the spinal cord and/or the spinal nerves by conditions including: spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and degenerative disc disease. It will stabilise and strengthen your spine.
A lumbar discectomy is performed to remove part of a problem disc in the low back. It’s commonly used when a prolapsed, or ruptured, disc in the lower back is putting pressure on a nerve root. It can be performed by open or keyhole surgery.
Lumbar laminectomy is performed to remove a section of bone from the lamina (part of the vertebra that covers your spinal canal). Bone spurs may also be removed. These structures can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots and their removal relieves the pain caused by this.
It may be that a posterior approach to surgery is recommended. A posterior fusion surgical procedure involves decompressing your nerves or spinal cord by removing a damaged section of your intervertebral disc or part of your vertebrae that’s causing neural impingement. The spine is then realigned by spinal fusion.
If your intervertebral disc is damaged, then a discectomy or an operation to place an artificial disc in between the two vertebrae may be performed.
Spinal decompression is performed to give your nerve roots or spinal cord more space and relieve pain caused by their impingement. It can involve one procedure or a combination of operations including: discectomy, laminectomy and spinal fusion.