A third of GPs cannot provide alternative treatment for back pain

18th May 2011

One in three GPs are unable to offer patients alternative treatments for back pain such as acupuncture, massage and manipulation, a new survey has shown.

The NHS has officially sanctioned the use of these alternative therapies, but a third of GPs told a survey by integrated healthcare body the College of Medicine that they were unable to prescribe the treatments, the Daily Mail reported.

Guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) state that people with chronic back pain can opt for a three-moth course of acupuncture for treatment, and go for other options if the first does not work.

The changes were billed as a big change for sufferers of back pain, but the news provider reported that the survey showed that change was still needed.

Dr Michael Dixon, chairman of the College of Medicine, said: "Absenteeism costs this country millions if not billions every year. By employing accredited techniques, GPs could help reduce these statistics and that is vital, particularly at a time when the nation itself is on its knees because of the financial crisis."

Back pain can be caused by sciatica, a slipped disk or ankylosing spondylitis, as well as by specific injuries.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.


 

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:

or

Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.

or

Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...

© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)