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Back & Spine Treatments

19 out of 20 cases of back pain can be solved simply. However, in cases where back pain has become a chronic condition, we offer a number of different options for treatment. This includes diagnostic procedures to look at the root cause of back pain, as well as treatments to alleviate pain.

We also provide a range of spinal surgeries to treat a variety of spinal conditions.

Making an appointment with one of our specialist Orthopaedic Surgeons can help you decide on the best course of treatment.

Back and spinal treatments include:

Back surgery

Serious conditions such as cancer, infections that do not respond to medicine, or fractured and broken vertebra can be helped with surgery, performed by an experienced orthopaedic surgeon.

To find out more about the back surgeries we offer, visit our back surgery page.

Treating lower back pain

Most back pain procedures are carried out to relieve the build-up of abnormal pressure on the nerves in the spine. Several conditions can cause pressure to build up on the spine. This includes spinal stenosis, a prolapsed of herniated disc (slipped disc) and spondylolisthesis.

London Bridge Hospital has access to thirty-six orthopaedic consultants who specialise in various areas of the musculoskeletal system. Lower back pain can cause chronic discomfort and a consultation could be worthwhile in finding a solution.

Upper and lower back pain can originate from completely different sources; consultants can help a patient to determine the cause of their back problems and suggest a solution. Our Orthopaedic Specialists employ the latest technology and techniques to provide relief from a variety of back pain issues.

To find out more about our lower back pain treatments, visit our back pain page.

Back pain clinic

For back pain that remains a consistent problem, even after trying various solutions, our back pain clinic could provide a solution. Appointments with our Surgeons can lead to recommendation of various treatments. This includes epidural injections, spinal mobility exercises, acupuncture, TENS, and, if necessary, back surgery.

To find out more about our Back Pain Clinic and the treatments we offer, visit our Back Pain Clinic page.

Lumbar and cervical disc degeneration surgery

Lumbar disc degenerative disorder can cause lower back pain, which often feels more painful and uncomfortable when the patient is sat down. This can be caused by aging or an injury caused by twisting the spine, such as a golfing injury.

Cervical disc degeneration is commonly characterised by neck pain symptoms and can be alleviated by lying down or reclining.

Treatment options for these two conditions start with treatment that patients can carry out at home. This includes ice or heat packs, exercise, pain relief, medication and physiotherapy.

After six months of these treatments, if pain remains and patients are unable to bear their own weight, spinal fusion surgery can be considered. During surgery one or more vertebrae can be fused together using bone grafts, cages, rods, plates and screws.

Sciatica surgery

The sciatic nerve runs from the case of the spine through the thigh and to the knee. When the nerve becomes trapped or compressed as it leaves the spine patients may experience shooting pains. This pain can clear up following painkillers, exercise, or anti-inflammatory treatment. Beyond this, physiotherapy or an epidural injection can help with treatment. In extreme cases surgical options may be considered.

To find out more about our treatments, visit our trapped nerves page.

Fractured vertebra

A kyphoplasty is an operation performed to stabilise fractured vertebrae and treat pain following a spinal injury. This procedure involves a small balloon device being inserted into a fractured vertebra and slowly inflated until the normal height of the vertebra is reached. This process creates a cavity, which orthopaedic surgeons can fill with bone cement, increasing the strength of the vertebra and restoring its original height.

An alternative to this procedure is vertebroplasty. These surgeries are suitable for patients with vertebral haemangioma and vertebral body tumours.

Injection therapies (facet injection, nerve root block, epidural)

Severe spinal injuries don’t always require an operation. Injection therapy is able to alleviate pain and reduce swelling. At London Bridge Hospital Outpatients we can perform epidural corticosteroid injections, nerve block injections, discography, cervical, lumbar and thoracic injections, soft tissue injections, and spinal joint injection therapies. This is much less invasive than an operation and can significantly relieve back pain symptoms without the need for surgery.

To find out more about our treatments, visit our nerve root block & spinal injections page.

Spinal stenosis (spinal decompression surgery)

As a result of age, wear and tear, or inherited problems the spinal canal can narrow. This compresses the nerves inside it, which can cause pain. This is known as spinal stenosis. After other treatments have failed the final option is surgical decompression of the nerves. During this operation a small section of bone is removed, widening the spinal column, which releases the build-up of pressure on the nerves inside the spinal canal.

Spinal Tumours

Our experienced orthopaedic surgeons can assist with the treatment of tumours around the spinal column. These tumours can put pressure on the spinal column and cause difficulties with movement and sensation. At London Bridge Hospital Orthopaedics we provide a variety of treatments to help reduce the size of tumours and make them more easily treatable. To find out more about the spinal tumour treatments we offer, visit our spinal tumour page.

Why use the back and spine specialists at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients?

Speed & ease of access – we aim for quick and convenient appointments for our patients and attempt to arrange appointments within 24 hours of patients getting in touch.

World-class consultants – we work alongside industry leading orthopaedic consultants from London’s top teaching hospitals.

Latest technology – utilising the latest treatment methods allows us to provide more non-invasive treatments and effective procedures, leading to better recovery for our patients.

Quality of care – patient care is tailored to individual needs, allowing us to provide world-leading care that is crafted for each patient.

Leading to the outcomes – using effective diagnosis, the latest treatment and tailored patient care the Orthopaedic Department at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients delivers the best possible outcomes for our patients. This includes a return to normal activity and alleviating back pain.

To learn more about the specialist back and spine services we offer at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients or our other orthopaedic services, please call 02035 532 749 or email If you would like to book an appointment with one of our consultants, 020 7234 2009.