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WHO Guidelines for Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Around 1 in 13 of us will experience an episode of LBP globally.

As we previously discussed in the last post (have a look at it if you haven't!) Chronic back pain is pain that lingers for longer than 3 months. The WHO guidelines have been released (Dec 2023) on the best interventions for non surgical LBP management.

Osteopathy is endorsed by medical professionals for a safe and effective physical therapy method to assist in non surgical conditions.

The guidelines suggest:

  • Education programs that support knowledge and self-care strategies

  • Exercise programs

  • Physical therapies (osteo, physio, massage, chiro) such as spinal manipulation and massage

  • Psychological therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy

  • Medicines like non-steroidal anti inflammatory medication (nurofen/voltaren) as discussed with your GP.

Low back pain is hard, but we can empower you to help you get moving and stay moving.


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