Lower back pain is incredibly common and is the leading cause of disability across the globe. A series of papers have been published in medical journal, The Lancet, pleaing with the medical profession to reconsider treatment options for patients with back pain.
Strong medications, injections and even surgery can be prescribed and these, say experts, are generally “overkill”. Instead they advise that most back pain can be managed by keeping active.
Prof Martin Underwood, from Warwick University says, “Our current treatment approaches are failing to reduce the burden of back pain disability.”
“We need to change the way we approach back pain treatment in the UK and help low and middle-income countries to avoid developing high-cost services...