NICE draft guidance on low back pain published for consultation

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is updating its 2009 guidance on the early management of low back pain and has published a draft guideline for consultation.

Back pain

In the draft guideline for ‘Low back pain and sciatica’, NICE makes the following recommendations, amongst others, for non-invasive treatments:

  • Consider group exercise programme (biomechanical, aerobic, mind–body or a combination of approaches) within the NHS for people with a specific episode or flare-up of non-specific low back pain with or without sciatica;
  • Consider manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques (for example, massage) for managing non-specific low back pain with or without sciatica, as part of multi-modal treatment package.

Psychological therapy is also recommended, as part of a multi-modal treatment package.

Regrettably, NICE specifies in the draft guidance that acupuncture should not be offered for the management of specific low back pain with or without sciatica, even though this particular therapy was included in the 2009 guidance.

The FHT will be responding to NICE as a registered stakeholder and we will keep members informed of our progress.

Read the draft NICE guideline for low back pain and sciatica

Consultation closing date: 5 May, 2016

2 thoughts on “NICE draft guidance on low back pain published for consultation

  1. ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ is the specific 12-week evidence-based back-care self-management programme mentioned in NICE draft guidelines. After an 11+ year project (research and post-research knowledge transfer) led by The University of York / Arthritis Research UK yoga teaching consultants Alison Trewhela and Anna Semlyen, work is continuing to allow this gentle specialised yoga to reach more people. http://www.yogaforbacks.co.uk

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