The Cherwel Hospital Spine & Neck Treatments
We’re here to help if you’ve back pain…
The Cherwell Hospital offers many treatments for back pain including: physiotherapy, pain management, injections and spinal surgery. Our consultant spinal surgeon will assess your back pain, utilising our specialist imaging service and physiotherapy experts as required. They will discuss with you the best treatment options for your individual needs.
Pain relieving injections
Pain relieving injections are a non-surgical option for your back pain that can offer pain relief and a reduction of inflammation. These injections directly deliver local anaesthetic and steroid medication into your joints, muscles, ligaments and around your nerve. They are administered as day case procedure, allowing you to go home usually within a few hours. They can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as physiotherapy and, they can provide your doctor with important information about your pain and confirm diagnosis. We commonly use two pain relieving injections.
Facet joint injections
Your facet joints help support your weight and control movement between individual vertebrae in your spine. They can become inflamed and painful due to spine conditions caused by arthritis, injury or degeneration. Facet joint injections can be used to temporarily relieve pain and inflammation as well as being used as a diagnostic test to see if the pain is actually coming from your facet joints. They are often part of a combined therapy programme. For example, as they can reduce pain and inflammation, they give a patient the chance to engage in physiotherapy to manage their pain too.
Nerve root blocks
A nerve root block is an injection of an anti-inflammatory steroid and local anaesthetic medication administered under X-ray guidance into your nerve root (an area where your nerve exits in the spinal column). Nerve root block injections can be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. They can relieve back pain caused by a trapped or inflamed nerve in your spinal column. Diagnostically, they can determine precisely which nerve is causing the symptoms.
We offer a holistic approach to physiotherapy treatment. For private patients we can provide a full physiotherapy assessment with education and self-help strategies. For our NHS patients undergoing elective orthopaedic surgery we deliver a comprehensive rehabilitation programme from outpatient through to post-operative recovery. Our physiotherapy department is run by experienced chartered physiotherapists and is well equipped with three treatment areas and an air conditioned gym for rehabilitation.
Spinal physiotherapy services we offer include:
We offer a range of spinal surgical procedures. Often a combination of back surgeries are performed together to provide the best outcome for your individual back pain needs. Your spinal surgeon will discuss the surgical procedure they recommend in detail with you including its benefits, potential risks, recovery time and aftercare required.
- Lumbar discectomy
Lumbar discectomy is surgery to remove a section of a damaged intervertebral disc in your lower back by open or minimally invasive surgery. It’s used to treat ruptured or slipped intervertebral discs.
- Lumbar microdiscectomy
the spine. The primary aim is to relieve pain caused by pressure on your nerve roots.
A lumbar laminectomy is also known as an open decompression and typically performed to alleviate pain caused by neural impingement that can result from lumbar spinal stenosis.
- Lumbar fusion
Also known as lumbar spinal fusion. This surgery refers to the joining of two or more vertebrae in your lower back with a bone graft to stabilise and strengthen your spine. By stopping the movement at a painful vertebral segment you should feel a reduction in pain.
- Disc decompression
There are two types of spinal disc decompression procedures: laminectomy and discectomy. A laminectomy involves removing part or all of a vertebral bone (lamina) to relieve compression of the nerve roots in your spine or your spinal cord. A discectomy involves removing damaged disc material that may be causing nerve impingement.
- Lumbar decompression
Lumbar decompression surgery is used to relieve the pressure on compressed nerves or your spinal cord in the lower spine by giving them more space. It’s often used to treat:
- spinal stenosis – degenerative narrowing of a section of your spinal column that puts pressure on your spinal cord and nerves inside.
- a slipped disc – a damaged intervertebral disc compresses a nerve
- sciatica – a damaged spinal disc presses down on your sciatic nerve
- spinal injuries – such as a fracture or the swelling of tissue
It involves one or more of the following surgeries: laminectomy, discectomy and spinal fusion.