Tel: 01707 888 229

Im in Pain | Out of hours appointments

Pain is typically difficult to describe and impossible for the untrained eye to see. If you have been in a lot of pain today – we can help you. Our practice has over 30 years experience of pain relief and reducing inflammation and swelling.  The Hatfield Practice will advise over the phone or arrange an appointment. Treatment will help to reduce the inflammation and start the healing process. Fast treatment may make a huge difference to pain levels. 

In pain? We can help you now..

  • Call the Hatfield Practice pain advice line on: 01707 888229 
  • Out of hours?  Call our Emergency number:  075 909 242 66.
  • We will provide clear no-nonsense advice to you over the phone. 
  • Phone calls to our specialists are Free. We want to help.
  • If your pain is really severe we may need to see you today.

What should i do next?

Try to arrange family and friends for lift. Or use a taxi service to the Practice. Here is a link for Directions to the Hatfield PracticePlease take your time. Perhaps take pain killers if advised. Use hot or cold on the area if advised during your call to The Practice

When you arrive at the practice

When you arrive take your time and park right outside. We will help you inside if needed. Its important to make sure your comfortable. The physiotherapist, acupuncturist or osteopath will come and assist you if required. Treatment will reduce your pain as quickly as possible using our pain reducing treatments.

Whwn you arrive at The Hatfield Practice

After your treatment

  • Almost everyone feels better  after their first treatment.
  • Your  specialist will provide a clear diagnosis and advice on what to do next.
  • A suitable follow on appointment will be made if needed.
  • We may call you to see how your progressing. 
  • Please contact us anytime at all  after your treatment. We are here to help you

Providing Calming and relieving techniques

As with most medical conditions early diagnosis and treatment is vital for reducing pain and achieving a speedy recovery.  Many of the conditions that we treat can be found on the web site. If you are in doubt please call The Hatfield Practice on Hatfield: 01707 888229.  The emergency number is there for you out of hours, call and ask  for advice. Appointments usually take between 30 to 45 minutes depending on how complex your condition or how much pain your in. Your specialist will use a combination of calming and relieving techniques so that you feel better fast and recover quickly. We will advise you about whether any further treatment is necessary or you can speak direct you to one of our specialists. 

Hatfield Practice opening hours

The Hatfield Practice is  open from 8.00am to 8.30pm on week days days and from to 5.30pm Saturdays. Practice is open on Sunday mornings. We can also provide home visits if you are in severe pain or you just cant leave home.  Our specialist team will provide advice and get you pain free in no time at all.

in pain ? we can help you. emergency out of hours or weekend appointments. Please call for free advice on 01707 888229. The Hatfield practice will help provide pain relief

In pain – whats happening? 

Low back pain, slipped disc with  pain radiating down / in your leg – Possibly sciatica

Trapped nerves – may produce symptoms down the leg or arm. Very painful responds well to acupuncture.

Arthritic pain– Sore swollen hot joints. Very often you will have a previous history in the same area. Responds quickly to treatment.

Muscle tear/strain – spasm, tender, pain with movement. May be caused by exercise, overuse or gardening.

Pulled ligaments – pain with end of range movement or joint stress. Often caused by slips, trips, sport or you have twisted badlyS

Shoulder conditions –Can be from repetitive movements, Rotator cuff pain can commonly be a swollen tendon or a tear

Conditions commonly treated

Reflex muscle spasm – old injury area/severe stabbing. The muscle feels uneasy and feels like it wants to suddenly spasm.

Spinal joint sprain – often worse when leaning back/up from sitting. Very painful, its hard to move. Osteopathy tends to resolve these problems quickly.

Pulled rib – twisting or pain radiating round your rib cage. May feel like your being stabbed or feel a cardiac episode. Call for advice

Neck and back pain – slept badly, sport or energetic gardening?  Much more painful if the pain is directed down a limb. 

Disc injuries, including sciatica – these tend to start in the back or neck then gradually the pain will progress to the affected limb. Responds well.

Sports injuries – We have specialist osteopaths and Physiotherapists. Responds to early treatment and needs clear management.

Post-traumatic injuries – whiplash can be problematic as so many areas can be aggravated. Generally responds very well


Remedial Care to Reduce Inflammation ( RICE )

If you have just suffered a recent traumatic injury, the following general  advice may help if you are unsure please contact the Welwyn and Hatfield Practice or your own GP as soon as possible.

REST AND TAKE IT EASY – rest the injured area for the first 24 hours if possible. Gentle movement (within your pain free range) is advisable; but full weight bearing on a sprained ankle for example should be avoided.

For back strain, carefully alternating between lying down and gentle walking can be of great benefit. If the strain is minor, keeping active is vital for your recovery.

ICE THE AFFECTED AREA – apply an ice pack or cold compress to the area sooner rather than later. Only do so for 10 minutes at a time – any more, and you could cause more damage. It is best to protect the skin with a towel or Vaseline – do not apply the ice directly to the skin. Wrapping some ice-blocks in a warm wet towel and crushing the ice and applying this to the inured part is the most practical. A pack of frozen peas or veg  is a very good substitute (ice is best used in the first 24 hours)

AAPPLY SOME FORM OF COMPRESSION– a supportive compression strapping can be applied, using crepe bandage or tubigrip. It must not be so tight as to cut off the circulation – and do allow for swelling to occur. Raising the injured (and possibly swollen) part above your heart level will help limit the swelling, and aid drainage.

ELEVATION TO REDUCE SWELLING – People often find that raising a limb leg, knee or ankle helps to reduce a fluid build up called oedema. This is an important part of healing. If too much is left behind it can slow healing and create further stiffness and pain. Although rest is of prime importance during the first twenty four hours you should gently try to move the affected area as soon as possible. If you feel any undue pain or are worried please call The Welwyn and Hatfield Practice on 01707 888229 for advice


Home visits are available

Physiotherapy, OsteopathyAcupuncture & Massage  Home visits to your door. Bank Holidays, Christmas, late night and Sunday Appointments are charged at a premium rate mainly due to the time taken to travel to your house  and/ or open the Practice.  The emergency clinic is open for consultation and treatment (the cost is typically less than you can pay the plumber!). We will of course as always do our best to be sensitive and our try our  hardest to settle your pain on the day where possible.


Herniated Disc – Sciatica – Trapped nerve-Slipped Disc)

The terms used above all describe back pain with radiations down the affected limb. Can be upsetting and the online or general advice for the condition  especially from friends or online can be confusing.  In general a disc injury can present as Sudden aching in the back or neck or being unable to straighten without extreme difficulty are signs of herniated disc problems. Numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both arms is another sign of a herniated disc. We have a competent and highly experienced team specialising in acute pain relief. We use proven techniques to reduce and manage your acute pain. 

Symptoms of a herniated or slipped disc can include:

Slight or extreme pain that radiates into the legs or arms – Pain that travels to the legs or feet. May feel like a shooting spasm or electric shock. This type of pain may be from the disc pressing against the nerve triggering a pain reflex. Numbness or tingling in the legs or arms – Any sensation of numbness, tingling or the feeling of a part of the body  numbness or arm /leg ‘falling asleep’ can indicate a disc problem. The sensation may occur in the legs or areas surrounding the spine. Muscle weakness or unusual feelings – If the nerve is involved, it may interfere with muscle contractions and reflexes. There are many reasons for pain if you can’t reach us please call your Doctor and medical services for help.

Pain relief can be obtained from local pharmacies 

Paracetamol is the painkiller of choice especially the soluble type as it has a fast acting effect. Aspirin and Ibuprofen can aggravate asthma, digestive problems and slow down healing. Do make sure you only take the recommended dose, and do not mix with other medicines (including cold remedies). If in any doubt please talk to your GP or pharmacist. Although if you are in difficulty your doctor may prescribe a muscle relaxant or strong anti inflammatory.

For a non-pharmacological alternative, try arnica (either as a cream, or tablets). If there is a lot of swelling or bruising, or you suspect a fracture or the pain is unbearable call us for advice or  seek medical help straightaway. Visit your Welwyn and Hatfield Practice Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist or Osteopath as soon as you can  for a full evaluation and advice and drug free management

Emergency problems 

 Bladder Problems, Numbness Wiping Bottom (Saddle Anaesthesia) 

Emergency Problems with bladder or bowel function such as loss of function or numbness  could be a symptom of a herniated disc. If this is the case it should be treated and evaluated immediately at your A&E  STRAIGHT AWAY. Don’t leave it or “wait and see “.

The bowel and bladder nerves can become permanently damaged. Please call us if you are concerned or want advice on 075 909 242 66.