The Spine Team was started in 2004 by Gordon Linscott and Annette Williams to develop a patient centred approach to the treatment and management of back pain
Welcome to The Spine Team
This website will provide you with information about us, our clinic and our approach. It gives information on back pain and other musculo-skeletal conditions including how to treat and manage according to the latest research. We hope you will find this interesting whether you want to become a patient, are a business looking to provide healthcare for your workforce or simply want to find out more about back pain.
At The Spine Team we specialise in diagnosing, treating, rehabilitating and preventing back and neck pain and other musculo-skeletal disorders. We believe that to get the best response the patient also needs understand their problem. Although this approach is supported by the latest research it is rarely done and ‘labels’ are frequently used instead.
The Spine Team has a multi-disciplinary approach considering not just what happened when the pain occurred but also why you were vulnerable at that time and what you need to do about it. We put you in control; this is called the patient centred model.
Together Gordon and Annette bring a wealth of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the treatment and management of back pain, a problem that causes so much pain and disability. Gordon graduated in 1983 going back to complete a post graduate Masters Degree in 2002, he is a Fellow of the Royal Chiropractic College, the highest level of membership. Annette graduated in 1996 and has undertaken a number of post graduate courses including a Post Graduate Certificate, she is a Licentiate of the Royal College of Chiropractic, a level of membership recognising her specialist qualifications.
Musculo-skeletal disorders keep more people off work than anything else and Back Pain is the biggest group.
Some back pain occurs with injury and recovers on its own as the injury heals however some problems occur on a normal action or appear to occur spontaneously, why does that happen?
The Spine Team approach focuses on those problems that either do not settle quickly or re-occur. To solve these problems the patient must understand their problem: What has gone wrong? How can it hurt so much? Why has it happened?
There usually is a reason, possibly something exceptional that had been done earlier which on reflection you may realise, however it can be a build up of actions that are quite routine or indeed a lowering of tolerance to actions that normally would cause no problems. Some of these can still recover spontaneously but others do not.
Most Back Pain is ‘mechanical’, that is a failure in how the usual mechanisms work, with a very small percentage being serious due to anatomic change. However severe your pain it is still likely that you have mechanical pain rather than something sinister.
Terms such as ‘lumbago’, ‘slipped disc’ and ‘sciatica’ are widely used, often incorrectly, and not necessarily helpful. At The Spine Team we try to clear these muddy waters with the aim of helping the back pain sufferer understand the problem and help themselves
Chiropractic has been described as the ‘ultimate model for alternative care’ as it combines a clear scientific and philosophical model with the recognition of the patient as an individual whose unique life has a significant effect on their well being, thus it is the patient who is treated not the ‘problem’.
Biomechanics is understanding how forces are transmitted through the body. There are two main principles, firstly forces should go through joints optimally in the neutral position (posture when standing still), secondly that the structure is stable under force in a range of motion (when being active). Injury occurs when one of these parameters is undermined or exceeded either gradually on repetition or on a single event.