Meet The Spine Team
The Spine Team was started in 2004 by Gordon and Annette Linscott to develop a new approach to the treatment and management of back pain.
The Spine Team is a multi disciplinary team providing integrated care for the individual
Together Gordon and Annette bring a wealth of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the treatment and management of back pain and other musculoskeletal problems, that cause so much pain and disability.
At the Spine Team we will consider your particular problem in the context your unique situation, using the ‘Patient Centred Model’. This means not just treatment but listening to you, understanding your life, explaining your problem to you and helping you change things, not just to get you better but to keep you better.
Maintaining spine health is also important when a problem has been consistently present or has a tendency to recur and Gail and Chelsey have key roles in that as well as providing holistic and sports therapy respectively.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions
Sometimes a painful episode stands alone, it is a first episode and the reason is obvious, for this the ‘injury model’ of a causal event and findings on imaging can be used in diagnosis and treatment. However most episodes of back pain and some other MSK conditions appear for no good reason, either suddenly or gradually, or have a tendency to re-occur without provocation or worse still persist beyond reasonable healing time.
Research shows conclusively that the ‘injury model’ cannot be used for these problems and it is better to use the ‘patient centred model’ to identify what in that particular patient, or their life, predisposes them to the problem and what can be done to get rid of it.
Pain is useful up to a point and is the most common complaint we see. Quite often longer term problems suffer short term painful phases and that is when patients consult us.
Acute pain (short term pain) is a response of the brain to a damage report (nociception) coming from an ‘injured’ area. It is supposed to trigger a reaction to help you limit the damage and learn from the experience. Healing should then take place and the pain should recede as the damage is repaired.
Chronic pain (long term pain) is considered to be pain lasting more than six, eight or 13 weeks (depending on the study parameters). However it is better to think of it as pain lasting beyond the time it would take for an injury to heal. The brain is beginning to process the pain in a different way, effectively it begins to regard the pain as the problem, rather than the damage that may have initiated it, and goes looking for answers.
Chronic pain is very common in back pain and treating the reason for the start of the problem or investigating in the hope of finding a hidden reason leads to disappointment or invasive treatment that is not needed.
If you are in a situation where your pain is lasting beyond your expectation then the Spine Team can help you. The ‘patient centred model’ is designed to have ‘you’ and your life as the central concern and while we recognise the ‘problem’ it is changing how you respond to it that leads to improvement.
Management and Maintenance
Some people respond well to care and only need it when they are bad but others suffer an attritional effect in their normal lives. This may be due to over work or postural fatigue. For those that need regular care we can provide it but we also offer integrated care with our Sports Therapist Chelsey and Massage Therapist Gail to get the right blend of treatment, massage therapy, exercises and advice to keep you well.