The RELAXBACK UK show that airs today asks the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners what really is best for back pain. It also looks into some of the possible problems associated with taking opioid pain killers.
Mike writes on his blog “Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability globally but too often patients are let down by the treatment they are offered, say experts. A BBC news article gives further information.
They have written a series of papers in The Lancet asking the worldwide medical profession to stop offering ineffective and potentially harmful treatments.
Strong drugs, injections and surgery are generally overkill, they say, with limited evidence that they help. Most back pain is best managed by keeping active, they advise.”
Mike continues that – “Prof Martin Underwood, from Warwick University, who is one of the 31 authors of The Lancet papers, said: “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 of limited effectiveness.
“Quite a lot of people get exposed to high-tech medical and invasive procedures. There’s very little evidence base to support their use.”
The chair of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Helen Stokes Lampard talks on the RELAXBACK UK show to offer the latest advice if you are suffering from back pain.”
Also on this podcast is another interview with clinical nurse lead for the Charity Change, Grow, Live, Anna Marie Felice who explains and gives clear practical advice on the subject of opioids.
As we are well aware there is a major problem on the danger of dependency in the USA and is also a concern in the UK.