At Bradley Physio we have over 20 years of experience treating neck and lower back pain.

Whether your problem is early morning stiffness or sciatica with pain radiating into your legs our physiotherapists have the skills required to determine the best treatments for you. For long term management of their symptoms many clients choose to join our specialist therapist led pilates classes in our on-site studios.

neck and low back pain

What Neck & Low Back Injuries do we treat?

Conditions We Treat
This a common disorder involving the muscles, nerves and bones of the lower back. Symptoms can vary from a dull ache to a sharp sudden pain. There are several different causes of low back pain, many of which are discussed below.

As always our approach at Bradley Physio is hands-on wherever possible. Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist may decide to use manual therapy treatments including deep soft tissue massage, spinal mobilisations and manipulation (where appropriate). Other treatments include lumbar traction, electrotherapy, and acupuncture. Postural and preventative advice, as well as a home exercise programme is recommended too. Many clients find our pilates classes are a great, long term way to manage their neck pain and prevent recurrence.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Neurologist or Spinal Orthpaedic Specialist the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

A stiff neck is typically characterised by soreness and difficulty moving your neck, especially when trying to turn your head to the side. It may also be accompanied by a headache, neck pain, shoulder pain and arm pain.

Neck pain including whiplash and headaches is a common complaint experienced by our clients. Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist may decide to use hands-on treatments including deep soft tissue massage, spinal mobilisations and manipulation (where appropriate). Other treatments include cervical (neck) traction, electrotherapy, and acupuncture. Postural and preventative advice, as well as a home exercise programme is recommended too. Many clients find our pilates classes are a great, long term way to manage their neck pain and prevent recurrence.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Neurologist or Spinal Orthpaedic Specialist the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

Sciatica describes pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back, down through the buttock, back of the thigh, into the lower leg and foot. It is normally the result of pressure or inflammation around the spinal nerve root as it leaves the spinal column.The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. Irritation or pinching of your sciatic nerve can cause severe back and leg pain, muscle weakness, affect mobility and can cause pins and needles or numbness in the foot.

Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist may decide to use hands-on treatments including deep soft tissue massage, spinal mobilisations and manipulation (where appropriate). Other treatments include lumbar (low back) traction, electrotherapy, and acupuncture. Postural and preventative advice, as well as a home exercise programme is recommended too. Many clients find our pilates classes are a great, long term way to manage their neck and low back pain and prevent recurrence.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Neurologist or Spinal Orthpaedic Specialist the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

Also known as slipped disc, bulging disc & herniated disc
A prolapsed disc is a common injury sustained to the intervertebral discs within the spinal column. These discs lie between the vertebrae (backbones). A disc prolapse can occur in your lumbar spine (lower back), thoracic spine (upper back) or your cervical spine (neck). When a prolapsed/slipped/bulging/herniated disc occurs it is typically due to accumulated microtrauma, and the pain can be sudden and unexpected. This occurs when the jelly like centre of the intervertebral disc bulges outwards towards the spinal nerves as they leave the spinal cord. The damaged disc and the pressure on the nerve can lead to pain. Symptoms are often aggravated when bending forward, sitting, coughing, sneezing or lifting. Pain can radiate away from the spine into the arms or legs. In some cases patients will experience pins & needles, muscle weakness or numbness in parts of the limbs.

Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist may decide to use hands-on treatments including deep soft tissue massage, spinal mobilisations and manipulation (where appropriate). Other treatments include traction, electrotherapy, and acupuncture. Postural and preventative advice, as well as a home exercise programme is recommended too. Many clients find our pilates classes are a great, long term way to manage their neck and low back pain and prevent recurrence.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Neurologist or Spinal Orthpaedic Specialist the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

Whiplash is a relatively common injury following a Road Traffic Accident (RTA), where damage is caused to the soft tissue in the neck when the head is forcefully thrown forwards, backwards or sideways. This sudden uncontrolled and often unsuspected movement of the head can lead to damage of the joints, discs, ligaments, muscles and tendons of the neck. Whiplash symptoms include stiffness, fatigue, dizziness, jaw pain, headaches, neck pain and back pain.

Physiotherapy aims to restore normal movement of the spine, relieve pain & headaches, strengthen the muscles of the neck and encourage good posture. As well as using hands-on techniques, soft tissue massage, acupuncture and electrotherapy your physiotherapist will encourage you to keep moving and perform regular stretching exercises. Most whiplash injuries will make a full recovery.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Neurologist or Spinal Orthpaedic Specialist the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

Spondylosis/Spondylitis is inflammation of the vertebrae in the spine and can cause neck and low back pain. It is a general term used to describe changes that can occur along any area of the spine. It is a condition in which your discs degenerate, losing their flexibility and height to cushion the spine. Usually pain begins in the lower back or neck and as the condition progresses pain may radiate into the arms or legs. It is often described as “pressure” or “burning” pain and you may also feel tingling or numbness in your leg or foot.

Many patients find that heat is extremely effective way to relieve discomfort. Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist may decide to use hands-on treatments including deep soft tissue massage and spinal mobilisations. Other treatments include traction, electrotherapy, and acupuncture. Postural and preventative advice, as well as a home exercise programme is recommended too. Many clients find our pilates classes are a great, long term way to manage their neck and low back pain and prevent recurrence.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Neurologist or Spinal Orthpaedic Specialist the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

Also known as osteoarthritis of the spine, this process is age-related ‘wear and tear’ that can affect the discs and bones of the spine (vertebrae) and the surrounding ligaments. Symptoms include early morning stiffness of the neck or low back, aching pain and reduced range of movement of the affected area. Degenerative changes (wear and tear) can be caused by the breakdown of the discs that separate the bones of the spine. As you age the spine begins to show signs of wear and tear as the discs dry out and shrink. These age related changes can cause arthritis, disc herniation and in more advanced cases, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal).

Many patients find that heat is extremely effective way to relieve discomfort. Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist may decide to use hands-on treatments including deep soft tissue massage and spinal mobilisations. Other treatments include traction, electrotherapy, and acupuncture. Postural and preventative advice, as well as a home exercise programme is recommended too. Many clients find our pilates classes are a great, long term way to manage their neck and low back pain and prevent recurrence.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Neurologist or Spinal Orthpaedic Specialist the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

A trapped nerve, pinched or compressed nerve is a term used for the compression or irritation of nerve roots exiting the spinal cord and can be due to a prolapsed/slipped/bulging/herniated disc, Other causes may be from pressure from bony nodules that form as part of the aging process. Since the nerve is unable to convey information to the brain in the normal way you may notice that although your pain may originate in one area such as you neck or low back where the nerve is trapped, the pain will often radiate into other areas of your body (arms/legs). This is known as referred pain and can be felt as pain, pins and needles or numbness. This pain is often severe, sharp or a burning type sensation.

Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist may decide to use hands-on treatments including deep soft tissue massage, spinal mobilisations and manipulation (where appropriate). Other treatments include traction, electrotherapy, and acupuncture. Postural and preventative advice, as well as a home exercise programme is recommended too. Many clients find our pilates classes are a great, long term way to manage their neck and low back pain and prevent recurrence.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Neurologist or Spinal Orthpaedic Specialist the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

Pressure on the nerves as they exit the spinal canal in the upper neck is a common cause of cervicogenic headaches & migraine. These nerves supply the top and sides of the head, the face, ears and base of the skull. This pain can be severe and debilitating.

Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist may decide to use hands-on treatments including deep soft tissue massage, spinal mobilisations and manipulation (where appropriate). Acupuncture can be extremely effective and other treatments include traction and electrotherapy. Postural and preventative advice, as well as a home exercise programme is normally recommended too.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Neurologist or Spinal Orthpaedic Specialist the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

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