The International Association for the Study of Pain has announced that 2021 is “Global Year About Back Pain”.
The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the issues in order to help clinicians, scientists, those living with pain, and the public understand back pain and the treatments available.
Expert Insight On Back Pain
by Dr Kirkor, Algocells
“Back pain is a major healthcare financial burden in the developed world. Besides it hurts… And in the pandemic we spent more time at home, working in our ad-hoc “home offices”, be it a kitchen table or bedroom. We don’t have at home fancy ergonomic chairs and desks. And we move less. Hence we have seen a “pandemic” of lower back pains in recent twelve months.
“Let me tell you my view on back pain treatments and how this view has evolved…
“I have been treating patients with back pain for well over a decade. I call myself spine pain interventionist as I have been treating back pain with various non-invasive interventions, such as epidural steroid injection, facet joints injections, radiofrequency ablation and so on.
“I have been trained by Spine Intervention Society and World Institute of Pain esteem Instructors, great doctors and teachers. And I have been fairly confident in my skills and training.
“But the trouble was that it didn’t work as well as I would expect… The pain didn’t go away or went away for a short while only. Overall the results were disappointing. And I didn’t want to disappoint my patients who were suffering genuine back pain.”
“This is how I came across regenerative orthopaedics. For me it’s been a paradigm shift. Let me explain.
“For many years we believed that spine pain was caused by one, sometimes two pain generators in the spine, namely disc, facet joint, nerve root and so on and our role was to find this pain generator, treat it and pain would go away. This is very “surgical” approach to the problem: find what is wrong, cut it off and patient is cured. I am not saying that this is wrong overall. Quite the opposite, very often surgery is a life saving approach. But not in the most cases of back pain.
“What I have learned from regenerative orthopaedics is looking at the spine and the rest of musculoskeletal system as a whole, as a well oiled machinery. And when one, even the smallest, element of this machinery fails the whole system brakes down.
“So if, for example, your disc doesn’t work properly, not only your facet joints will start suffering but even your knee joint will start hurting. And this is the beauty and wisdom of regenerative orthopaedics: to take your body as a whole and to treat it as a whole, using your own natural forces, such as stem cells and blood platelets.
“Thanks to our cutting edge treatments and our own laboratory we are able to help your back to regain stability, flexibility and strength. We, unlike traditional pain management clinics, do not use steroids. Neither we burn nerve endings.
“Our goal is to find what is wrong with your spine and try to correct it. That’s why our treatments often provide long lasting substantial improvement in pain and mobility.
“Bear in mind that no intervention will help your back pain if it is not foregone by correct diet and supplements intake and followed by exercises and lifestyle change. That is why we always advise our patients to prepare for the treatment by reducing sugars, red meat and alcohol prior to the treatment, by taking supplements such as fish oils and turmeric and by keeping active. And there is no point carrying out treatment if patients don’t commit themselves to healthy diet and lifestyle afterwards.
“My point is, that if somebody promises you a “quick fix” of your spine problem, run away, don’t fall into the trap of easy and quick solution. There is no such one.
“Back pain is always complex and we are here to help you to manage it but without your engagement and effort no intervention will be successful.
Please, contact us for a consultation. We are here for you. Our clinic is located in Chelsea.
Pain Medicine Specialist
Dr Kirkor is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine. His special interest is interventional pain medicine, interventional medicine in MSK conditions, spine pain and regenerative medicine. He is a member of Spine Interventions Society (Membership Committee Member), Interventional Orthobiologic Foundation and American Academy of Regenerative Medicine.
In 2018, Dr Kirkor set up Algocells, the first Regenexx Clinic in the UK and currently the only Regenexx clinic in Europe.
Now based at The Smart Clinics in Chelsea, the Algocells clinic focuses on regenerative medicine (stem cells and platelet rich plasma) for musculoskeletal conditions and spine pain.
Algocells Regenexx Clinic
Orthopaedic Pain Management
The Smart Clinics in London is now home to Algocells, providers of Regenexx, the worlds most advanced regenerative treatment for orthopaedic pain management, which uses Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments to stimulate regeneration and recovery.
The Smart Clinics hosts the only Regenexx clinic in the UK and Europe, bringing this revolutionary Pain Management treatment to those struggling with orthopaedic pain conditions including:
- Sport injuries
- Back pain
- Disc/spine problems
- Joint problems
Availability of appointments has recently been extended due to demand.
The Smart Clinics
The Smart Clinics is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. Private dentistry is also available as an optional extra and available in their Chelsea clinic.
For more information contact us on email@example.com or call 020 7052 0070.