It´s almost ten o´clock at night and I am still at the office. I am working a light
I have been working as a physiotherapist for about 20 years now. On average I treat about 50 – 70 patients a week. At the moment I am
Question 1: My back really hurts. What should I do?
Answer: I promise that I take you seriously. I believe you when you say that you are in pain, and I will give you all the information you need. Do this: Take a pain killer. Rest, but not more than a day or so. After that, it’s better for you to keep moving. If it gets worse, contact your local health care services.
Question 2: Who do I turn to with my back pain?
Answer: Your local general practitioner. You can also register with a GP practice by submitting a registration form with your health insurance number at the clinic.
Question 3: Why can’t I see the top dog (the orthopaedist) directly?
Why do I have to see my GP first?
Answer: You’re not the only person suffering from back pain. The GP will refer you to the right department – or fix your problem right away. Serious problems have priority. If your pain is radiating through your arms or legs – contact your GP right away so that you can get referred to a physiotherapist, xrayor orthopaedist. Where your GP sends you depends on how severe your injury is.
Question 4: Should I have surgery for my herniated disc?
Answer: If you want to. The possibilities and the risks of having surgery or not having surgery are approximately the same. An operation may be the only solution if you’re
experiencing severe problems.
Question 5: Could alternative medicine help with my back pain?
Answer: Never use alternative medicine for severe issues. For smaller ailments, it could potentially work as a complement. If so, see a legit practitioner, otherwise your health insurance will not cover you. The person should have an education in
the field from a larger institution, not just a weekend course.
Question 6: Who decides which treatment I should get?
Answer: You do! No one can force you to undergo surgery or other treatments without your full consent. Make use of that!
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