I have back pain and I’m worried there’s something wrong

Back pain is very common amongst the general population and usually in itself is not a cause for concern. 

Who should I see for back pain?

Initial advice should be sought from your GP who will be able to assess you and make initial recommendations.

When should I see my GP about my back ache?

Generally if you have suffered from back pain for more than two weeks or if it is becoming more intrusive and not settling with simple pain killers you could seek advice from your GP.

Are there any signs I should look out for?

Below are a few signs that may indicate you need to seek advice from your GP sooner rather than later.

  • If your pain prevents you from sleeping
  • If you are having bowel or bladder problems or your legs are getting weaker
  • Bending forward or flexing your back makes your pain worse.
  • Your legs go numb when you walk
  • Your pain radiates down one or both legs
  • You have had cancer or are over 50

What happens next?

Your GP will often make recommendations with regards to exercise or exercise-based treatments such as physiotherapy in addition to analgesia.

When should I be referred to Nuffield Health Hereford Hospital's consultant Mr Ian Pitman about my back pain?

If your GP is concerned with regards to any of your symptoms or you have not improved on the above measures, he/she can refer you for further advice as they feel appropriate.

Can other professionals refer me to Mr Pitman?

Yes of course, physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths can refer you to Mr Pitman. If you have private insurance, your insurance company may only allow your GP to make the referral, it may be worth checking with them in the first instance.

Important points to remember:

  • As with any private healthcare provider, you'll need a referral letter from your GP
  • We see patients from all major health insurers including Bupa or you can pay for treatment yourself
  • Paying for yourself might be more affordable than you think and with interest free medical loans available to spread your payments, first class private healthcare is even more accessible
  • For a friendly chat with our Customer Services Advisor, just call 01432 818912
  • Mr Ian Pitman has clinics every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon