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Physios well placed to tackle Europe's pain problems, says CSP

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

CSP responds to new survey on musculoskeletal pain

New research published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases shows that at least half of patients in Europe with muscle or joint pain are not receiving treatment.

Commenting on the study, which was carried out by the Arthritis Action Group, CSP Chief Executive Phil Gray said:

As experts in the management of musculoskeletal pain, physiotherapists involved in the provision of direct access schemes are ideally placed to address the problems identified in this survey.

Direct access initiatives, where physiotherapists provide the first point of contact, save hours of valuable GP time and ensure that patients receive fast and effective treatment. The concept is also gaining public support. A YouGov poll commissioned by the CSP last year showed that almost 9 out of 10 people would refer themselves to directly to a physiotherapist for a number of conditions, rather than wait for a GP referral.

We now want to see the necessary changes made to enable the expansion of direct access services. This should lead to a reduction in the number of people living with chronic pain and make it easier for everyone to access expert advice on leading healthy lifestyles.

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The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 42,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants

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