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At present, the advice that the NHS offers for managing low back pain does not match the delivery of the treatments currently available (http://www.welshbacks.com). In Barry, for example, GP’s will in the first instance offer paracetamol or anti-inflammatories and advice to remain active.
This is really sound information for the first couple of weeks.
If after 3-4 weeks however, the problem is not resolving, the advice from Public Health Wales is a course of manipulation. Unfortunately this is currently unavailable on the NHS and patients are instead filtered through several different clinics, each with their own waiting lists until a course of physiotherapy or an appointment with an orthopaedic consultant is made.
The downside of this is that patients are expected to endure a long period before anything is done to help them, the patient may be unable to work, and that their condition has already become chronic making it considerably more difficult to treat.
Chiropractic and the NHS
Barry Chiropractic Clinic
26 Friars Road
Tel: 01446 735263
Qualified Chiropractor - BSc Chiropractic (Hons)
Barry, South Wales.