"How do i get rid of my back pain?"

Getting an honest answer to this question can be difficult. It's a minefield out there of supposed experts all peddling their wares. Everyone thinks they are an expert when it comes to your back pain, even strangers!

The great news is that back pain treatment and rehab has changed for the better over recent years. The older physiotherapy treatment you may have experienced in the past with machines and acupuncture is out. It just isn't very effective for most people and we DO NOT USE IT!

The modern approach we use is based on you and your back pain. So what will work for you, will not necessarily work for someone else. Just like we are all different, your back pain treatment and rehab should be individual to you.

Myths, misinformation or lost in translation?

You may have heard some of the following phrases. You may have even been told you have some of them. Phrases such as ‘wear and tear’, ‘slipped discs’ or a ‘crumbling spine’ and occasionally someone who has been told they may end up in a wheelchair! Sometimes things can get lost in translation so let’s try to explain what may actually be happening:

'Wear and tear’

This is a phrase associated with osteoarthritis. But it is not the end of the world! Just like on the outside we accept that we'll get a little more wrinkly and grey as we get older, on the inside we get older too. This varies a lot from person to person but is a totally normal change to occur. Depending on who is telling you it can be called 'wear and tear', osteoarthritis or spondylosis.

‘Slipped discs’

The phrase is a common misconception; your disc DOES NOT slip in and out, or move out of place. The medical term for a true ‘slipped disc’ is a herniation. This is where some of the contents of your disc push out through a tear in the rear part of the disc.

The tear normally develops over time and often something very simple like a bend or twist is the straw that ‘breaks the camel’s back’. The majority of people who have a disc herniation (slipped disc) can recover with time and rehabilitation and only a small percentage of people actually require surgery. Your posture, movement patterns and strength and fitness often need to be addressed to prevent a recurrence.

A bulging disc

A bulging disc is now regarded as a normal finding on the MRI scan of many people with no lower back pain. So just because you have one or more on an MRI scan it DOES NOT mean that it is the cause of all your back pain.

Degenerative disc disease

This sounds terrible but is regarded as something that is a normal part of your spine ageing. If you have been told you have this, please do not worry as it is unlikely to be the cause of all of your pain. We can help you reduce your pain without the need for painkillers.
  • When I met Ross in 2014 I was in a bad way, I was feeling very down, I had started on the NHS Pain Management programme and really believed there were things I would never do without significant pain, there were a few I thought I would never be able to do again (such as going to Glastonbury). After my 1st session I was inspired and started to rethink everything I thought I knew about my pain. After 5 months I was at my first music festival in years and after 9 months I was back in high heels!! It sounds over the top but going to see Ross changed my life, it changed my family's life as well, I now hardly ever say "I can't do that". I went for my 1st run last week and have just enrolled at a group personal training gym - I cannot recommend these guys enough!! If you are in pain, especially if it's chronic pain, give them a call!
  • Excellent knowledge and everything was well explained. Comfortable atmosphere and very professional. Hogan and Mitchell physio helped me with a back problem I'd had for years, about a month after seeing them for only 1 session I don't have any pain, their diagnostic and instructions have been well worth the money. Big thanks.
  • Was in lower back pain when I went to Hogan & Mitchell but within a few days of advised routines, became easier and within 2 weeks was normal. Detailed understanding and explanations of the problem and treatment enabled rapid recovery and return to active, pain free activities. Highly recommended.

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