Stand and Balance More

A recent article in the Times commented on a review from the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group in relation to exercise preventing fall prevention.  Researchers reviewed 108 trials with 23,407 participants in 25 countries and found that some exercises are better for balance, fall prevention and indeed spinal health than others.  Exercises such … Read more

Useless back pain jab costs NHS £40m a year

Tens of thousands of patients every year are being given a useless back pain injection, costing the NHS almost £40 million despite doctors being told to stop using it, The Times can reveal. Health service bosses promised yesterday to crack down on pointless treatment for back pain, with senior surgeons estimating that needless surgery, scans … Read more

Back pain treatment is useless, experts warn

Millions of patients with back pain are being given pointless drugs, surgery and injections, with a third prescribed dangerous opiods, experts say. Doctors prefer to offer useless and often harmful treatments rather than tell patients there is nothing to be done except stay active, an international group of scientists has found. This article is in … Read more

Antibiotics & Back Pain

Antibiotic Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) actively promotes the study of spinal disorders and welcomes any research aimed at improving the understanding and treatment of spinal conditions. Recently there has been considerable media coverage of a study published in the European Spine Journal suggesting that some patients … Read more

Cauda Equina Syndrome

Standards of Care for Suspected and Confirmed Compressive Cauda Equina Syndrome Background Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a relatively rare, but very disabling condition. It causes misery to affected patients that is reflected in the cost of managing the disability and litigation which results from it. It is possible that a proportion of established CES … Read more

Low Back Pain and Sciatica

NICE guideline Published: 30 November 2016 Your responsibility The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. … Read more