Mr Peter Hamlyn Consultant Neurological and Spinal Surgeon
speak to us about a Daily Mail article that highlights the issue of
unexplained back pain and that recent advances in imaging and tests means that
all back pain can be diagnosed and treated.
"The Mail's article brings to our attention a very important
issue which I see in many different guises each week. Namely, that because most
back pain is due to "wear and tear" all of it gets diagnosed as such and the
many other causes go undiagnosed and untreated.
Low back pain is not a diagnosis. We would not treat
appendicitis as "bad tummy pain on the right" and expect good outcomes. Why then
back pain? This is a management which reflects an understanding of back pain we
have long since surpassed.
scanning techniques, specialised blood tests as here and a host of other new
techniques we can now establish a specific diagnosis and tailor treatment to
that problem. The advances in treatment with disc replacements, needle based
treatments and keyhole surgery mean that few conditions are now beyond and more
and more of the elderly population can benefit from treatment that would have
been until recent days physically beyond them. Patients from our own clinic
The term "non-specific low back pain" needs to be abandoned
and early referral for investigation and diagnosis based treatment has instead
to become the norm. This is the biggest cause of disability in this and any
advanced nation and we dismiss - to our national and personal costs."
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