Southampton physio presents 'do nothing' option for back pain

'Do nothing' option promoted for back pain

'Do nothing' option promoted for back pain

First published in News

A SOUTHAMPTON physiotherapist believes more clinicians should do nothing when it comes to treating patients with back pain.

Lucy Jones, who is based at Southampton General Hospital, said many patients simply want to know why they have back pain and receive reassurance it is nothing “sinister” before committing to treatment.

But she fears that many clinicians fail to discuss the option of non-intervention and, as a result, patients embark on unwanted exercise or other therapy programmes.

Her warning comes after completing the UK’s first study into how involved patients are in the decisions made with therapists about their care.

She said: “While clinicians may have altruistic motives and a strong desire to treat, it is important at every stage to consider whether including ‘no treatment’ is a valid option and avoid the temptation to offer treatment by default.”

The research, funded by Arthritis Research UK, found that out of 80 observed appointments, the choice to defer treatment was provided in only two appointments and the option of taking no action considered just once.

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12:48pm Mon 31 Mar 14

waltons11 says...

My son in law is unable to work due to back pain/problems. He is on higher DLA, has a mobility car and cannot walk without a stick or crutches. Surely it would be more cost effective to treat him and make him well so that he can work and save the state the benefits he is being paid. I bet her attitude to this would change if she had back pain!"!
My son in law is unable to work due to back pain/problems. He is on higher DLA, has a mobility car and cannot walk without a stick or crutches. Surely it would be more cost effective to treat him and make him well so that he can work and save the state the benefits he is being paid. I bet her attitude to this would change if she had back pain!"! waltons11
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