Your guide to back pain and spinal treatment

Consultant appointments available within 24 hours

Our spine consultants are located across our leading London hospitals: London Bridge Hospital, The Wellington Hospital in north London, The Princess Grace Hospital in central London, The Lister Hospital in Chelsea, The Harley Street Clinic and The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, just south of Regent’s Park.  

Call 020 3214 3424 

Why do I get back pain?

Our spine is made up of 33 individual bones that protect our spinal cord and back pain most commonly occurs because there are mechanical or structural problems in or around the spine. This can be anything from a common ligament sprain brought on by heavy lifting to complex spinal injuries.  At HCA UK, we treat adults and children for the full range of trauma-based, congenital and degenerative spinal conditions. 

Our extensive range of spinal services include:

  1. Lumbar decompression - Our specialists treat ‘pinched’ spinal nerves by removing part of the bone covering the nerve root and some of the disc material
  2. Managing sciatica - We offer caudal epidurals, an injection at the base of the spine to help relieve symptoms of sciatica caused by the sciatic nerve
  3. Spinal fusion - Using advanced techniques, our surgeons fuse parts of the spine together to strengthen it after surgery to relieve spinal stenosis
  4. Spinal tumours - With the help of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, our specialists can remove tumours without causing any damage to the spine or spinal cord
  5. Prolapsed discs - We offer a range of disc-related treatments with the aim of alleviating your lower back pain and greatly improving your everyday quality of life
  6. Paediatric scoliosis - At The Portland Hospital, we regularly treat children with spinal conditions such as scoliosis (curvature of the spine)

What if I require surgery?

Be assured we have all the services in place to provide complex care, including:

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging to accurately diagnose your injury
  • Intensive Care Units and dedicated ICU nursing staff 
  • Orthopaedic-trained clinical nurse specialists
  • World-class spinal consultants

Our patients trust us

In 2022, 96% of our patients said they are likely or very likely to recommend us to their family and friends for orthopaedic care. And 97% of our orthopaedic patients rated us very good or excellent**.

Paediatric spinal surgery

Ingrid and her mother Lotte were completely unaware of any problems with Ingrid's back, until Lotte asked Ingrid to sit up straight and Ingrid replied saying that she already was. 
Read Ingrid's story

Adult spinal surgery

When Mr Robert Lee first glanced at the MRI scan of retired music teacher Ruth’s lower spine, the orthopaedic surgeon did a double take.
Read Ruth's story

Leading consultants, world-class facilities

Our spine consultants are leaders in their specialist field. They have access to world class facilities to deliver exceptional care for our patients, including:

  • The full range of diagnostic scans from our state-of-the-art EOSedgeTM low dose X-ray machine for children to weight-bearing CT scanners
  • Robotic-assisted surgery tools for spinal surgery (ExcelsiusGPS® Robotic Navigation System)
  • The Scoliosis and Spinal Surgery Centre at The Portland Hospital provides highly complex spinal and scoliosis surgery for over 300 paediatric patients each year

Robotic-assisted procedures

Robotic-assisted surgery is designed to improve accuracy and optimise patient care. The robotic navigation platform provides full navigation capabilities, providing real time information in theatres and enhancing patient safety by integrating a 3D CT scan of your unique anatomy with the actual procedure being carried out. 

Booking your appointment

  1. Get in touch by phone or using the online form to request an appointment with one of our spine consultants.
  2. Your appointment will be confirmed within 24 hours.

Call 020 3214 3424 

Our diagnostic locations

Before any treatment can be recommended, imaging of your spine will help diagnose your pain or injury. At HCA UK we have access to full range of orthopaedic diagnostic tools including MRI, CT and SPECT.

After your initial appointment with your consultant, if imaging is required, a scan at any one of our 20 diagnostic locations can be typically arranged the same day.



Central: 16 Devonshire Street, 30 Devonshire Street, 154 Harley Street, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH)

North London: Platinum Medical Centre, Elstree Diagnostic Centre, Golders Green Outpatients & Diagnostics Centre

The City: Docklands Medical Centre, 31 Old Broad Street, HCA UK at The Shard

West London: Chiswick Medical Centre

South London: King’s Road Chelsea, Sydney Street Chelsea


The Princess Grace Hospital, The Wellington Hospital, The Portland Hospital, The Lister Hospital, London Bridge Hospital and The Harley Street Clinic


The Wilmslow Hospital


**patient satisfaction scores from 2022
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