How to diagnose and treat the many types of back pain

How to diagnose and treat the many types of back pain. The Edinburgh Clinic’s Consultant Neurosurgeon Mr Drahoslav Sokol explains the root causes of back pain and treatments available

Any of us, at any stage of our lives, can suffer from some kind of chronic back pain or spine problem. This is because we put immense strain on this area of our body every single day. Poor posture, bad lifting techniques, not warming up properly before exercise… they can all contribute to these problems. Of course, there are also other causes that are less preventable; these include rheumatism, bone deterioration, vertebral compression fractures due to osteoporosis and ankylosing spondylitis that can result in soreness, deformity and incapacity.

Similarly, birth conditions like scoliosis (spinal curvature) or pectus excavatum can cause problems.
If you suffer from even a mild condition that affects your back or spine (lower back pain, chronic back pain, vertebrae pain or spinal or back injury) you know how painful and uncomfortable it can be. But we can help. We can offer comprehensive, fast and specialist diagnosis and treatment for back and spine problems from slipped discs and fractures, to sciatica.

Our highly trained Orthopaedic and Neurosurgeons are renowned in their area of expertise. They can offer reassurance, peace of mind and support throughout diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.

Mr Drahoslav Sokol whose clinical interests include back & neck pain said that:

“Spine pain and sciatica or pain in the arms is very common and is usually a result of wear & tear changes in elements of the spine. Often, we can pin point the source of pain and provide the right treatment and support. However, surgery is usually the very last option for the majority of patients. Having knowledge of the problem itself helps and empowers patients to choose the right approach to treatment“

The services available include rapid, point-of-care diagnostic imaging or screening of your back and spine to support an early diagnosis. This may include using the very latest MRI scanning facilities, ultrasound or conventional X-Rays.

Once a diagnosis has been made, our specialists can suggest any follow-up treatment you may need.
Our team also works closely with our physiotherapists to help you get back to maximum flexibility and movement as quickly as possible. For more on back pain click here.


Date: 01/09/2017
By: Andrew Gunn