New NICE guidelines for low back pain

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recently published new guidelines for managing low back pain. A few of them have been highlighted in an article on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) website.

  • Patients with low back pain will have to be offered a choice of either a structured exercise programme, a course of manual therapy, including manipulation, or a course of acupuncture, by their GP.
  • All patients whose pain has lasted more than six weeks must be offered the menu of three types of evidence-based treatment.
  • Patients should not be offered therapeutic ultrasound, lumbar supports, or injections of therapeutic substances into their back.

Click here to read the full article on the CSP website.

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