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General enquiries:
+44 (0)207 935 4444
Book an appointment:
+44 (0)207 616 7693
Self-pay enquiry:
+44 (0)203 219 3315

Data from the last few years has shown that between 5 and 10 million working days are lost each year due to back pain. This can be a debilitating condition that affects quality of life, mobility and causes psychological distress.

Investigating and treating back pain at The London Clinic involves multi-disciplinary teams of neurologists and spinal specialists. Our facilities and expertise for investigating and diagnosing back pain include:

  • Diagnostic imaging: X-rays, CT scanning and MRI scanning
  • Discography
  • Myelography

Many patients can benefit from physiotherapy, carefully selected exercises, muscle strengthening and pain relief. Rehabilitation can be used as a first line treatment or as an aid to recovery after spinal surgery.

Injections into the spine

There are several types of spinal injection that can help relieve neck pain and back pain:

  • A facet joint injection. One approach for back pain is to inject a local anaesthetic and a corticosteroid into the spinal tissue.
  • A nerve block. This type of injection is made directly into the nerve that is causing the back pain.
  • An infraorbital nerve block. For neck problems causing facial pain, injections can be done higher into the spine or even directly into the nerves of the face.

A spinal injection is a specialised procedure that needs to be done by a highly trained and very experienced orthopaedic surgeon. The surgeon locates the exact point for the injection by visualising the spine using X-rays. Such treatments can be very effective. The anaesthetic acts to numb the pain, while the corticosteroid reduces inflammation in the damaged tissues. After just three to four injections, more than eight out of 10 patients with neck pain or back pain experience significant pain relief.

Spinal surgery techniques

  • Microdiscectomy: surgery to treat sciatica
  • Spinal canal stenosis treatments including non-surgical treatments, insertion of interspinous spacers, spinal stabilisation and laminectomy
  • Lumbar spinal fusion: fusing one vertebra to another using a bone graft technique
  • Replacement of a vertebral disc with a disc prosthesis, commonly used to treat degenerative disc disease
  • Stabilising the lumbar spine, an alternative to spinal fusion that retains spinal flexibility
  • Kyphoplasty: surgery to treat vertebral compression fractures


The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments. An all-inclusive package for this treatment is available from £1,695. Please call +44 (0)20 3219 3315 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

Medical Admissions

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Facilitating acute admissions into The London Clinic whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety and care, supported by a consultant on-call rota.

Concierge service

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We can support our patients with travel, hotel accommodation, London tours, plus theatre and restaurant reservations.

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Main numbers

General enquiries: 020 7935 4444 Appointments: 020 7616 7693 Self-Pay: 020 3219 3315

Other numbers

Concierge service: 020 3219 3323International office: 020 3 219 3266Invoice and payment enquiries: 020 7616 7708

Your call may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

Medical service numbers

Breast services appointments: 020 7616 7653 Diagnostics appointments: 020 7616 7653 Endoscopy appointments: 020 7616 7760 Eye centre appointments: 020 7616 7768 Haematology appointments: 020 7535 5503 Kidney services appointments: 020 7224 5234 Liver services appointments: 020 7616 7719 Physiotherapy appointments: 020 7616 7651 Radiology appointments: 020 7616 7653

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