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NICE to issue guidance on lower back pain

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New clinical guidelines on the treatment and care of people with lower back pain are to be published by NICE this week.

The guidance will offer recommendations on best practice to improve the early management of persistent, non-specific lower back pain. This will include the drugs that are effective in treating the condition, and other evidence-based treatments that can help manage back pain.

The guideline will also set out a pathway of care and treatment for people who are still experiencing back pain after initial treatment has been given.

A spokesperson for NICE said the new guidance was designed to be used by a range of healthcare professionals but highlighted practice nurses in particular, as GP practices were often the ‘first point of call’ for people with back pain.

The guideline will be accessible by clicking here from 27 May.

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