Clinical practice guidelines are statements that include recommendations, intended to optimise patient care, that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.
One of these recent, well-recognised, multidisciplinary back pain guidelines is the 2016 NICE Guideline on Low Back Pain and Sciatica. This guideline should be the backbone of any physiotherapist treating acute our chronic low back pain.
Main treatments recommended:
1. Stay active and return to normal activities as soon as possible.
2. Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for acute and chronic LBP.
3. Exercise therapy at the centre of conservative back pain treatment.
A small number of other non-pharmacological interventions, such as manual therapy or psychological interventions, are recommended to be considered; however, they are recommended only as part of a treatment package that includes exercise therapy and not as essential components.
At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic our approach is consistent, high quality and based on the best scientific knowledge. We deliver evidence-based physiotherapy, exercise physiology and chiropractic for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, which means you get an approach that is effective, safe, and efficient. Contact your local Penrith physio today.