Chronic Spinal Pain

    • Treatments include medical management and access to physiotherapy
    • Pain Management Workshop available
    • Treatments provided by pain management specialists
    • Call to book an immediate consultation to discuss your options
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Kingsbridge Private Hospital is here to help when your lifestyle is compromised by chronic spinal pain. When simple treatments fail to relieve your back pain, seeing a pain specialist is vital.

Chronic Spinal Back Pain

Low back pain is pain, or stiffness in the lower back with or without leg pain (sciatica). Left untreated, this can be debilitating and can have a significant impact on your quality of life, causing frustration and even depression

About 80% of people experience low back pain at some stage of their life. In the vast majority of cases, this is a self-limiting condition and not due to any serious cause. In this situation, the condition is known as non-specific or mechanical low back pain. Sixty percent of patients with acute low back pain recover in 6 weeks and up to 80% to 90% recover within 12 weeks. If the pain persists for greater than 3 months, it is considered chronic back pain.

Do I Need a Scan for my Back Pain?

For the majority of cases of low back pain, a scan is not necessary. There are certain ‘red flags’ indicators in your medical history which your pain specialist will ask about. If you fulfil several of these ‘red flags’ your specialist will organise a scan.

Red Flag Back Pain Indicators include:

  • Previous history malignancy
  • Aged under 16 or over 50 with new onset pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Longstanding steroid use
  • Saddle anaesthesia
  • Reduced anal tone
  • Generalised neurological deficit
  • Progressive spinal deformity
  • Urinary retention
  • Non-mechanical pain (Night pain, pain at rest)
  • Thoracic pain
  • Fever/ rigors
  • General malaise

As part of the initial assessment, your specialist will consider your ‘red flags’ and make a judgement as to whether a scan is necessary. If a number of red flags are present and your specialists considers a scan is necessary, this may lead to a referral to a spinal sureron for an opinion. This happens only on a very small minority of cases.

Do I need surgery for my back pain?

Approximately 98 percent of back pain patients are diagnosed with non-specific acute back pain in which no serious underlying pathology is identified. Therefore, for the vast majority of cases of back pain, surgery is not indicated nor required. The latest NICE guidelines state that surgery should not be considered for mechanical (non-specific) low back pain.

What treatments are offered for back pain?

All treatments are offered in conjunction with the latest National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines (Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s: assessment and management (NG59 Nov 2016)

Initial treatments offered include medical management and access to physiotherapy.

Other more interventional treatments for low back pain, including sciatica, include:

  • Radiofrequency denervation techniques
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Caudal injections
  • Lumbar epidural injections
  • Nerve root blocks
  • Trigger point injections

Do Pain Specialists treat any other conditions?

Pain specialists treat a wide range of chronic pain conditions including:

  • Headaches
  • Chronic Facial Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Migraine (Including Botox Injections)
  • Neck Pain
  • Whiplash Injury
  • Post Hepretic Neuralgia (Shingles pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Post Hernia Surgery Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Abdominal Wall Pain
  • Coccyx Pain
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathis Pain (DPNP)
  • Sciatica
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Neuropathis Pain
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Post Surgical Pain

Pain Management Workshop

This workshop is run by Dr John O’Hanlon, a Pain Consultant and lead clinician for the Chronic Pain Department in the Belfast Trust and Dr Jenny Maguire, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the South Eastern Trust offers help and guidance on living with and managing pain. 

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Private Hospital

Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge Private Hospital

811-815 Lisburn Road,

Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo

Ray MacSharry Road,
Gardenhill, Sligo, Co. Sligo

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Dr Michael Stafford

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Chronic Pain Medicine

Dr Niranjan Chogle

Consultant in Pain Medicine

Mr Paul Nolan

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Patient Journey

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Patient Testimonials

"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient
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Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
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"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient

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