One side effect of lockdown that members may not have foreseen is back and neck pain. According to an interventional pain medicine specialist, Sagar Parikh, approximately 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point during their lifetime.
Wilma Erasmus from Physio Focus, a Bestmed physiotherapy service provider, says that while back and neck pain symptoms are not the same in all cases, they should be treated with priority and care. “Back pain can range from a mild, dull, annoying ache, to persistent, severe, disabling pain. It can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning and quality of life.”
Neck pain occurs in the cervical vertebrae in your neck. Because of its location and range of motion, your neck may be left unprotected and might be more susceptible to injury or overload.
“Pain or discomfort in your back or neck area can be experienced in different ways. It can come on suddenly and intensely or it can be chronic and might last anything from a couple of weeks to years. The symptoms can be continuous or intermittent,” she added.
It is important to consult a healthcare provider if experiencing persistent pain.
Some causes of back and neck pain include:
During lockdown, we are typically less active than usual. At-home workstations may not be very conducive to sitting in one position for an extended period.
Here are a few stretching tips that can be done at home to alleviate pain while in lockdown:
Chair pigeon pose
Sit and stand chair pose
Cow face arms
Seated crescent moon pose
For recurring or more acute back and neck pain, Bestmed offers a back and neck preventative programme to assist members with chronic back and neck pain, and to improve the clinical state of the back and/or neck in order to prevent surgery.
We have enlisted Documentation Based Care (DBC) and Workability as our contracted service providers for the programme. Our qualified service providers apply tested principles include analysis, correction, and maintenance of the correct body posture as well as stabilisation of the spine.
All members are entitled to this benefit, provided they meet the entry criteria. To be considered for the programme, a member must visit a DBC Clinic or Workability clinic for an evaluation/first assessment to determine their clinical profile and to ensure that they will benefit from the programme. If the member is considered to qualify for the programme, the doctor will provide a motivation. The member can then send the application to Bestmed for consideration and authorisation.
For more information on the programme contact us by:
Telephone number: 086 000 2378
Fax number: 012 472 6780
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