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NICE pushes through guidance limiting GP prescribing options for low back pain

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"Pushes through" seems a very pejorative way to describe one of the most honest bits of NICE guidance. It comes as close as its possible for an official document can to admitting that there is, in most cases, no very effective treatment for non-specific low back pain. Much harm has been done by the pretence that this isn't the case. At least NICE no longer endorses outright quackery like acupuncture. The guidance has resisted the temptation to clutch at straws. That should be welcomed.

Posted date

05 Dec 2016

Posted time

9:14am

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