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A guide to back pain treatments

Treatments for back pain

If you suffer with back pain, you'll know how debilitating it can be and the impact it can have on all areas of your daily life – stopping you from exercising, sleeping and doing day to day activities which, in turn, can affect your mental health. Keep reading as we guide you through the treatments available to relieve you of backpain and help you enjoy your life again.

What are the causes of back pain?

Back pain – especially lower back pain or backache – is very common. In most cases, the pain will improve within a few weeks but, for people with chronic (ongoing) back pain, it can continue for months, or even years.

There can be many factors including poor posture, slouching at a desk, standing for a long time or overstretching when you bend - through to trauma, such as an accident, sports injury or fall.

If you work in a job that requires standing for long periods of time, repetitive or heavy lifting or stretching, vibration from industrial machines or power tools, you may be more at risk of developing back pain.

At Benenden Hospital, our back-pain specialists understand how debilitating back pain can be. Our private back pain treatments, carried out by our experienced Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons and Physiotherapists, can help improve your mobility and get you back to doing the things you love.

Back pain and backache treatments at Benenden Hospital


If you're recovering from injury or illness and need private physiotherapy treatment, our experienced and compassionate team of physios can help with your recovery, supporting you in maintaining your independence.

Physiotherapy isn’t just for athletes or those recovering from sports injuries. In fact, it can be used to treat other common conditions, including:

Injections for back pain

If your back is painful, due to wear and tear or injury, injections for back pain can treat the exact point of the pain. The procedure may provide more effective pain relief than taking medication.

We offer back pain injections of steroids or anaesthetic directly into the joints or nerves, alongside physiotherapy if necessary, which can be successful in relieving your symptoms.

Radiofrequency denervation (facet denervation)

Radiofrequency denervation, also known as facet denervation, is a specialised form of treatment which causes heat damage to the two nerves that supply the facet joints, small pairs of joints which link your vertebrae together.

These nerves transmit pain sensations from the joints but have very little other function. By damaging them, the nerves stop sending pain signals to your brain.

Radiofrequency denervation is also known as facet rhizolysis, radiofrequency ablation or radiofrequency neurotomy.

Is back pain in your facet joints stopping you from enjoying your life? Learn more about facet denervation from Dr Mo Faris our Consultant Interventional Radiologist.

How can I access treatments as a self-pay patient?

Find out more about our treatments for back pain offered to self-pay patients at our hospital.

If you’re thinking of funding your own treatment, ask us for a quotation by completing our online form or by contacting our Private Patient Team via Livechat or on 01580 363 158

Published on 03 February 2023