active x backs https://www.backpainandsciatica.co.uk Specialising in back pain and sciatica Tue, 26 Feb 2019 10:38:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 Osteopath consultation online / online osteopathy https://www.backpainandsciatica.co.uk/osteopath-consultation-online/ https://www.backpainandsciatica.co.uk/osteopath-consultation-online/#respond Mon, 25 Feb 2019 20:45:18 +0000 https://www.backpainandsciatica.co.uk/?p=16808 Osteopath consultation online - is it worth the money? If you're considering an osteopath consultation online, you may be asking whether it's worth the money.  To help you decide, here are a few pointers about return on investment. Knowledge is power While your online back pain consultation may not provide you with hands-on treatment, [...]

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Osteopath consultation online – is it worth the money?

If you’re considering an osteopath consultation online, you may be asking whether it’s worth the money.  To help you decide, here are a few pointers about return on investment.

Knowledge is power

While your online back pain consultation may not provide you with hands-on treatment, this may be a good thing.  The trouble with consulting a manual therapist of any type is that they feel they have to put their hands on you.  They feel they have to “treat you”. While you may benefit from this, it means there is less time for other things.  Like learning what’s really wrong with you and what you can do about it.  Remember that “Knowledge is power”, and without it you are a passive receiver of treatment.  Don’t you want to be empowered? To truly understand the likely factors contributing to your pain?

Consult an expert in back pain / sciatica

You should find that an online back pain consultation or an online sciatica consultation is provided by a real expert.  You should have a real sense that you’re in expert hands (even though you’re not literally in his/her hands)!  I don’t know anyone else providing an osteopath consultation online, and I think that’s because they aren’t confident they can provide real value for money. We are specialists in lower back pain and sciatica because we know that by specialising we can truly be experts.

Cost / benefit analysis

At the end of the day, you want to know you’re money has been well-spent. Spending £59 (approx $77) learning about the real risk factors to your lower back pain / sciatica is better than spending the same money and learning nothing about how to help yourself.

In-clinic consultations available

And don’t forget that if you really want to be assessed by an osteopath in Edinburgh UK, we can provide that service too.

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Back care courses

Back care courses vary hugely.  You have in-person offline ones, and online ones.  They could be led by Personal Trainers, Yoga Teachers, Pilates Instructors, clinicians, pain management clinics, occupational therapists or anyone who thinks they could make a quick buck.

Offline versus online back care courses

There’s no doubt that a good offline back care course is likely to be better than an online one.  You can more easily get personal correction of postures and movements. But because they’re in-person, they’re likely to be more expensive.  They’re also at a fixed time.  Online courses may be pre-recorded so you can join in at any time.  Also, online back care courses you can do in privacy.  There is no one behind you checking out how big your bottom is when you bend over 😉

Back care courses with Personal Trainers

Fitness professionals – especially strength and conditioning coaches – are very good at instructing you on how to move.  They also have a good approach to optimising movement in order to reduce strain on the lower back.  Think about it; if you’re teaching someone how to lift something very heavy, you have to do it in a way that minimises the risk of injury.  The downside is that Personal Trainers don’t usually have a good understanding of specific injuries or pain mechanisms.  Also, some of them are over-ambitious about how much you should attempt to lift.

Back care courses with Yoga Teachers

I’m a big fan of Yoga.  I think it can be great for body and mind. I know of at least one course that has been researched and shown to be helpful for those with lower back pain. Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs.  Again, there isn’t a great understanding of pain mechanisms and so for people with long-standing pain you may find the experience a bit frustrating.

Back care courses with Pilates Instructors

It’s actually not that common to find these.  Perhaps because many pilates instructors (wrongly) assume that everyone knows that Pilates is good for lower back pain.  However, there’s no real evidence it’s any better than any other kind of exercise.  Typically, there’s no discussion of how pain works (again).

Back care courses with clinicians

In my view these are likely to be the best (but then I am a clinician myself!).  Clinicians specialising in lower back pain should have an in-depth understanding of how pain works AND how the lower back works. It’s important to help you to understand both.  Not all clinicians are good at demonstrating exercises and movement, so make sure yours is.  If they don’t have videos on their website, the chances are they’re not very confident at coaching movement.

Back care courses with Pain Management Clinics

These are increasingly common because back pain is so debilitating.  Therefore a lot of people end up in these sort of clinics.  The problem with these is that the different healthcare workers involved often disagree over what emphasis to give different aspects of your problem.

Summary on back care courses

I think you’d be wise to choose a clinician who specialises in back pain problems.  And if you can’t see him/her personally, you may find that there are lots of good things about an online course for lower back pain. You could always combine the back care course with an online consultation for back pain.

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It took me a while to search for the best lower back pain online course.  If you google the term, quite a lot of the courses are aimed at fitness pros or clinicians.  But I was only interested in the ones for those suffering from lower back pain and those who might be looking for an online consultation for lower back pain.

How many lower back pain online courses?

If you google the term “lower back pain online course”, google returns 357,000,000 results. Fortunately you’ll find most of these results are not relevant.  And I couldn’t trawl through that many pages.  So I only looked at the first 3 pages of results, and found the relevant returns that might warrant the title “best lower back pain online course“.  However, one of the results (Udemy) contained a number of different courses, many of them you’d probably get a lot from. This took me longer than I’d anticipated.

The online courses

On Udemy I like the look of Mike Cassidy-Hogg’s course “Total Back Pain Solution”.  He’s a chiropractor specialising in lower back pain in Bristol (UK) and the course has a lot of good content in it.  Importantly he includes some important notes on safety and when you should consult your doctor.

The Low Back Fix looked very exercise-focused, which is largely a good thing.  It’s taught by a former Marine Lieutenant and a strength and conditioning coach, so might feel a bit boot-campish?

The Complete Guide to Low Back Health, from Dr Carl Baird also looked interesting.  However it was difficult to get much detail on the course without buying it.

Save Yourself from Low Back Pain from Paul Ingraham at “Painscience” is extremely well-referenced.  And this guy clearly has done an immense amount of reading and thinking about lower back pain. As a result, I have really enjoyed reading some of his stuff over the years.  He is a prolific writer on pain and movement. You’ll find this is less an online course, and more a prelude to his book “Save yourself from low back pain” which he sells for $19.95.  It is apparently 112,500 words and 144 chapters.  Talk about War and Peace!!

Yoga for a Better Back from Stephanie Carter Kelley may be your bag if you particularly like yoga.  I think it’s pretty short on pain science, although she certainly mentions that the online course includes pain science.

Conclusion

I’ve given you a broad selection and – I admit – I was surprised by the quality of content in some of the courses. Our own online course for lower back pain and sciatica is the first return on google.  But just because it takes the top spot there, doesn’t mean it’s the best lower back pain online course.

Click the links below if you want more personalised help:

Our online consultation for lower back pain,

Book an online consultation for lower back pain

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Where do I find an online doctor for back pain / sciatica?

In this article I’ll help you to find an online doctor for back pain / sciatica.  And I’ll try to give you some guidance on how to choose the right one.

Safety First

But, it’s worth considering first whether a doctor is the right person for you.  If you answer “no” to the questions at the bottom of this artice, then you don’t NEED to see a doctor. I call them the “Danger questions”.  If you answer “yes” to more than one, you should really consult a doctor to get a thorough medical check. Even if you answer “yes” to just one, you would be safer being cautious.

Search results for “online doctor for back pain / sciatica

Pushdoctor.co.uk provide online consultations with medical practitioners, and they specifically mention back pain on their platform.

Nationwide Pharamcies also specifically mention back pain as a condition their online doctors can help with in terms of diagnosis and pain medication.

Live Health Online turns up on page 1 of a google search too.  Although their site doesn’t specifically mention back pain as something their doctors cover.  But I’m sure they’d be happy to advise.

Is there a better option?

As mentioned in my previous article “Are online back pain / sciatica consultations good value?” it’s great if you can consult a specialist. Someone who focuses on back pain / sciatica.  For more guidance on choosing the right person/service to help you, read the whole article.

Back to safety

Meantime, here is that list of “Danger Question”.  We also call them Red Flag questions, and a “yes” to any of them MAY indicate you have an underlying problem that needs further investigation.

  • Compared with during your waking day, is your background pain worse when trying to sleep?  (Not the sharper pain you get when you’re turning over, just the constant type of ache).
  • Have you lost any great amount of weight without meaning to over the last year?
  • Have you been diagnosed with Cancer at any time?
  • Have you had lower back surgery in the last 2 years?
  • Do you have any weakness (rather than pain) in any of the following?

When standing, lifting either big toe up

When standing, pushing up onto the toes of one foot (compared with the other, or compared with what you would expect is your normal)

Squatting

  • Do you have any numbness (lack of sensation) or pins and needles in your pelvic floor area (up between your upper thighs, the area you would sit on if on a saddle)?
  • Have you had any recent change in sexual function?  Loss of feeling, erection or ability to orgasm?
  • Do you have any difficulty urinating or defecating (using the toilet)?  e.g. trouble starting or stopping, or not aware of your bladder filling
  • Have you suffered any significant trauma recently, which in any way could impact on your lower back?
  • Have you been on a prolonged course of oral corticosteroids in the past or now?
  • Have you had a persistent high temperature recently?

If you’d like an online consultation for back pain / sciatica with someone who specialises in this, click the link.

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Are online consultations for low/lower back pain /sciatica a waste of money?

In order to answer the question “are online consultations for low back pain / sciatica a waste of money?” there are a few other questions we need to address.

Who is providing the online consultation?

You’re looking for qualifications and experience.  Ideally this should not be a fitness professional, because we’re talking about pain, and fitness professionals are not trained in clinical matters.  For example, they typically don’t know what “danger signs” to look out for.  You need a healthcare professional.  Above all, someone who specialises in lower back pain and sciatica.  This could be a surgeon, chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist (UK) / physical therapist (USA).  Experience counts too.

What information is provided ahead of your online consultation?

To make the most of your online consultation, you should be able to send in a lot of information before your consultation.  And you should be able to include any specific questions you want answers to.

How much does the online consultation cost?

Remember the saying “you get what you pay for”?  Well, if you’re consulting someone who is a specialist in lower back pain / sciatica, don’t expect it to be cheap. On the other hand, because it’s online, it shouldn’t be expensive either.  As an example, we charge £59/$76 for a 30 minute consultation.

What is provided in the online consultation?

You should expect to get answers to the questions you provided ahead of the online consultation.  Also, you should learn

  • What is the likely underlying cause of my lower back pain /sciatica?
  • What are the risk factors for this?
  • What can I do to relieve my pain?
  • What can I do to prevent it from happening again?

So, in summary, online consultations could be a waste of money.  But if your clinician ticks the above boxes, you could feel an awful lot better without spending very much.

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Online sciatica consultation

Who does online sciatica consultations?

There are not many clinicians offering an online sciatica consultation.  Perhaps this is because their business model is you go to them a number of times for treatment, and pay them each time you go.  We have operated that business model for 26 years, as osteopaths in Edinburgh. But for the last 2 years we have also been providing online consultations for lower back pain and sciatica.  Apart from us, by googling I could only find a Spinal Centre in Louisiana USA.  They are clearly focused on surgical solutions.  We are not, although for some it’s the right option.

What happens before the online consultation?

We ask you to complete a comprehensive online form.  This will give us a lot of information about your sciatica before your online sciatica consultation.  It acts to determine whether you do actually need to see a doctor/surgeon about your sciatica.  And it helps us to understand what makes your pain worse, and what makes it better.  You submit the form and email us any test results you have e.g. MRI or XRay reports. From all the information you provide, we start to be able to answer the question “what causes my sciatica?

What happens during an online sciatica consultation?

We have a face-to-face meeting on Skype where you can tell one of our osteopaths all about it.  We’ll ask you more questions. We may ask you to do a few movements.

How much does an online consultation cost?

The current cost is £59 or $76.

What do I get from the online sciatica consultation?

You will gain a much better understanding of what the underlying cause of your sciatica is likely to be.  Remember “sciatica” is a description, and not a diagnosis.  We will help answer the below questions:

What has caused my sciatica?

How can I  relieve my sciatica?

How can I prevent my sciatica from coming back?

Which exercises should I be doing to help my sciatica?

What advice should I follow to relieve my sciatica?

How should I sleep with sciatica?

and many more…  You can even include any other questions you would like answers to when you submit your form.  And you get a money-back guarantee. If you don’t feel the online consultation is worth at least the cost, we’ll refund you (minus card-handling costs).

We look forward to helping you to banishing sciatica and feeling great again!

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How do online consultations for lower back pain or sciatica work? https://www.backpainandsciatica.co.uk/how-do-online-consultations-for-lower-back-pain-or-sciatica-work/ https://www.backpainandsciatica.co.uk/how-do-online-consultations-for-lower-back-pain-or-sciatica-work/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:56:55 +0000 https://www.backpainandsciatica.co.uk/?p=16596 How do online consultations for lower back pain or sciatica work? Request an online consultation The first stage is that you fill in a form requesting an online consultation for lower back pain or sciatica, or you can simply book your online consultation here, by selecting "Osteopathy" and then "Skype consultation". Confirmation and Fact-finding We [...]

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How do online consultations for lower back pain or sciatica work?

Request an online consultation

The first stage is that you fill in a form requesting an online consultation for lower back pain or sciatica, or you can simply book your online consultation here, by selecting “Osteopathy” and then “Skype consultation”.

Confirmation and Fact-finding

We will confirm your appointment and send you a link to an online form.  On the form you’ll tell us all about your lower back pain and/or sciatica.  The questions allow us to gain a deep insight into the likely causes of your problem, what aggravates it and may relieve it, and to go some way to having a theory as to the likely diagnosis.

Your online consultation

The consultation allows us to test that theory and refine it so that we can then inform you – as you would expect in a normal “in-person” consultation – what the nature of your problem is, what the causes are and how to go about resolving it.  You also have the opportunity to discuss any XRay or MRI report you may all ready have.  We have found that you will want advice on relief AND prevention, and – as per the image – the best way to achieve that is (once you’ve climbed the Cliff of Pain) to get as far back from the edge as possible.

Follow-up

You may choose to book a follow-up appointment and /or to sign-up for our online course on lower back pain and sciatica.  The theory component of the course is free, and we highly recommend you start it now if you haven’t all ready.  The practical part of the online course, which includes a progression of exercises and postural conditioning, is £59 or $76 (at current conversion rates) – we have to pay the bills and make a living!

 

 

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Are online back pain / sciatica consultations good value?  The obvious answer is “it depends”.  Here are a few questions I think you should be asking in making your judgment.

Specialist or not?

Are you getting someone who can say that they specialise in lower back pain and sciatica?  There are a number of online doctor services, but these are probably worse than seeing a general practitioner face-to-face about your problem, and for many people that’s a poor experience.  In fact a study which asked family doctors to classify the problems that caused them “heart-sink” (i.e. the ones they hate) included lower back pain in the top three answers (the other two were lack of energy and headaches).  So online doctor consultations for lower back pain don’t seem a great solution to me.  I’d be looking for someone from the physical therapy field –  a physiotherapist, chiropractor, or osteopath. Of course if the outcome you’re seeking is simply a prescription for painkillers and anti-inflammatories, perhaps an online doctor is all you need.

Safety First?

Does the online service answer this question first… Can lower back pain / sciatica be a sign of something more serious?

Read the linked-to article if you want more detail, but in brief, below are the questions you should be asked.  We call them Red Flag questions, and a “yes” to any of them MAY indicate you have an underlying problem that needs further investigation.

  • Compared with during your waking day, is your background pain worse when trying to sleep?  (Not the sharper pain you get when you’re turning over, just the constant type of ache).
  • Have you lost any great amount of weight without meaning to over the last year?
  • Have you been diagnosed with Cancer at any time?
  • Have you had lower back surgery in the last 2 years?
  • Do you have any weakness (rather than pain) in any of the following?

When standing, lifting either big toe up

When standing, pushing up onto the toes of one foot (compared with the other, or compared with what you would expect is your normal)

Squatting

  • Do you have any numbness (lack of sensation) or pins and needles in your pelvic floor area (up between your upper thighs, the area you would sit on if on a saddle)?
  • Have you had any recent change in sexual function?  Loss of feeling, erection or ability to orgasm?
  • Do you have any difficulty urinating or defecating (using the toilet)?  e.g. trouble starting or stopping, or not aware of your bladder filling
  • Have you suffered any significant trauma recently, which in any way could impact on your lower back?
  • Have you been on a prolonged course of oral corticosteroids in the past or now?
  • Have you had a persistent high temperature recently?

Follow on resources?

Explaining what’s likely to be wrong with your back can be extremely helpful, but the real benefit is if it leads to a plan of action that you can execute. This should include guidance on all sorts of things: how to sit, how to get into and out of chairs, how to stand, how to get comfortable in bed, which exercises may relieve your pain, which will prevent a recurrence, how to best use medication, etc. etc…  Given that you’re looking for an online consultation, it would be sensible to follow that up with an online course for lower back pain / sciatica.

What’s the price versus the benefit (what’s the Return on Investment)?

First consider that if you are a lower back pain / sciatica sufferer, it’s likely to cause you more disability in your life than heart disease and cancer combined.  That’s because in most cases it becomes a recurrent or constant problem that continues over decades, whereas these other illnesses only tend to last a few years.  Now admittedly, these other things can kill you, whereas your lower back pain /sciatica won’t.  But the recurrent and long-term nature of LBP/sciatica is surely worth sorting out once and for all, isn’t it?  The benefits are obvious – less pain, better movement, more time doing things you enjoy doing, less fear your back is going to go wrong again.

What about the price? Given the above benefits, you may think it’s worth paying thousands for this outcome, yet most online consultations can be had for less than £100 ($130)!  I think that’s a tremendous return on your investment.

 

 

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So, I’m going to answer the question “How much does an online consultation for lower back pain / sciatica cost?” literally, and give you a bit of detail on what you actually get for that.  Another question you may be asking yourself, is “Do online consultations for lower back pain / sciatica work?

Firstly, who provides online consultations for lower back pain and sciatica?  If you google this term, you get a few offerings.  I suspect there are probably some clinicians who would be happy to provide a skype consultation if you asked them for one, but it might prove to be a bit of a messy experience if they haven’t put systems in place for this to be a standard occurrence for them.  So, let’s just present the information I gleaned by clicking through to these sites to find out what their pricing actually is and we’ll try to work out what you get for that.

A key question for me is “Do you get someone who specialises in lower back pain and sciatica?”  Or just a generalist?  Who specialises?  Orthopaedic surgeons and physicians may choose to specialise in LBP and sciatica.  Who else?  Physiotherapists, chiropractors, physical therapists and osteopaths may all specialise in lower back pain / sciatica.  Reviewing the first 2 pages on a google search for “online consultations for lower back pain and sciatica” only gave me the below possibilities, including our own which I haven’t given details of below (because that would be biased, and you can find them here if you’re keen to compare).

Online Physio provide real physiotherapists to consult with you via video-link.  Their Basic Package is $97 and includes:

  • Assessment via intelligent webforms
  • Video consultation
  • Personalised rehabilitation program to your smartphone
  • 1 week follow up through in App messaging

As part of their online consultation service Pushdoctor can deal with lower back pain.  Unlike Online Physio, these are generalists, rather than specialists.  £30 for a 10 minute appointment, without filling in any online form first (good luck getting to the bottom of a lower back problem in 10 minutes!).  To be fair, you can pay for more time, at a rate of £15 per 10 minutes.

Spine Correction Centre in the Rockies (USA) offers free online consultations, but these are clearly a superficial sales approach.  Digging deeper, it’s impossible to get a quote for an actual in-depth online consultation.  I suspect that online consultations are only a loss-leader part of their business model, in the hope that you’ll become a surgical patient of theirs.

The International Spine Institute offers an online consultation with a surgeon to discuss MRI findings (you can upload your MRI images in advance).  There’s no indication of price, annoyingly, although there’s some text to suggest the MRI review is free.  However, the service is only available to residents of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina and OhioAgain, I’m sure there’s no real management/advice offered here other than go to their clinic and have surgery.

If I was going to commend one of these to you, (without having tried any of them myself), it would have to be Online Physio.

 

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Do online consultations for lower back pain / sciatica work? https://www.backpainandsciatica.co.uk/do-online-consultations-for-lower-back-pain-sciatica-work/ https://www.backpainandsciatica.co.uk/do-online-consultations-for-lower-back-pain-sciatica-work/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:48:58 +0000 https://www.backpainandsciatica.co.uk/?p=16434 In a word, yes.  The most important ingredient to solving lower back pain and sciatica is that the clinician you consult has a deep understanding of the subject. You may be able to consult a doctor or other healthcare professional via services like Pushdoctor or Babylon Health, but they do not have the experience that [...]

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In a word, yes.  The most important ingredient to solving lower back pain and sciatica is that the clinician you consult has a deep understanding of the subject. You may be able to consult a doctor or other healthcare professional via services like Pushdoctor or Babylon Health, but they do not have the experience that comes from seeing thousands of people with lower back pain / sciatica.  They should be able to determine whether your back pain or sciatica could be a sign of something more serious , but they almost certainly won’t be able to give you personalised guidance to resolve the underlying problem.

I’ve seen quite a few Youtube videos put out by fitness professionals promoting a particular exercise to resolve lower back pain or sciatica; as if all people have the same problem and can be solved by the same exercise program.  This is deeply misleading and unhelpful.

What makes our service the best online consultation for lower back pain / sciatica?

Before the call, we will send you a link to an online form to fill in.  This will give us a huge amount of relevant data about your problem, with free-text fields so that if you want to put more in there, you can.  We will review this information before your consultation, so that we can dive deeper into your problem during the call.  Equally, if you answer “yes” to some of our screening questions, you will be advised to consult a doctor rather than continue with our service at that point.  70% of the fee that you have paid will be refunded in this instance.

The consultation enables us to reassure you as to what is wrong with you, and to tailor our advice to your particular problem, with all of the relevant exercises and information available on our lower back pain and sciatica online course, or within our back pain relief and prevention book , enabling you to fully rehabilitate, minimising the risk of recurrence.  You will be benefiting from 25+ years of knowledge specialising in this field (including a Masters Degree in Pain Management ), helping thousands of patients to recover.  Our systems and personalised care will work for you, and – not being shy to stake my reputation on this – I will always refund monies to any dissatisfied customers (this has only happened three times in 27 years)

Just book a Skype Consultation under the “Osteopathy” tag on our online booking page.

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