Top back care tips - Spine Specialists

25 Sep 2018

Published in: Member News

Back Care Awareness Week occurs in the second week of October. Whilst many people suffer with a bad back, many more adults are unaware of the causes, symptoms and the effects that back pain can have. Based at the Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital, Mr Amit Bhalla is one of six consultant spinal surgeons providing comprehensive private assessment and treatment for a range of spinal conditions affecting the neck and back, avoiding surgery wherever possible.


Also available for consultation at the private hospital in Tettenhall are consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeons Mr Panteleimon Papanikolau, Mr Gabriel Alo, Mr Mushtaque Ishaque, Mr Anthony Marino and Mr Khalid Saeed. In addition to a multi-disciplinary team of six consultant spinal orthopaedic surgeons, radiologists, spinal physiotherapy and specialist nursing, the Nuffield Health Recovery Plus programme uniquely provides extended post-operative physiotherapy support. The two local Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centres in Wolverhampton and Cannock, ensure a smooth recovery and promote long-term health.

Consultant spinal surgeon Mr Amit Bhalla, whose practice includes management of degenerative spinal conditions such as slipped discs, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis, as well as spinal deformity, fractures, tumours, and infection, explains, "Evidence suggests that prevalence and rates of severe and chronic low back pain are increasing, particularly after 40 years of age. The key to keeping your back healthy is about protecting your spine by knowing how to lift correctly, how to sit and stand properly, and doing core-strengthening exercises. The following tips are adapted from the NHS Live Well website, where you can find out more."

Top tips for a healthy back:

  • Maintain good posture – avoid slumping in your chair or hunching over a desk or when walking. Make sure your bed has the correct support and comfort for your weight and build
  • Take a break from sitting – move away from your desk or arm chair every 30 minutes
  • Exercise your back regularly – walking, swimming and cycling are all good ways to strengthen your back muscles
  • Always bend at your knees and hips, not your back
  • Lift heavy objects correctly and carry larger loads in a comfortable rucksack using both shoulder straps to even out the load, avoiding sling bags
  • Lose excess weight and stop smoking to prevent your discs from degenerating
  • Use relaxation techniques to combat stress which is a major cause of back pain

Mr Bhalla adds, "Our patients can be seen quickly for back and leg pain or neck and arm pain, which may all be caused by problems with the spine.  After consultation, there is usually an MRI scan and then a discussion of the findings. Treatment for the vast majority is non-surgical treatment such as pain management, injection therapy or specialist physiotherapy and preventative advice.  Where patients fail to improve with non-surgical treatment and their symptoms interfere with their work or leisure activities, they may require surgery. Wherever possible we select less invasive, microsurgical techniques to aid recovery and improve clinical outcomes. " 

To find out more or to book for one of our free events: www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/wolverhampton/events or ring 01902 793269

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