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Physiotherapy works for back pain, new Lancet study shows

18 August 2005 - 12:00pm

CSP responds to a new study in the Lancet on treatments for lower back pain. The response appears in the Daily Mail's report of the study today. The Society believes the research offers confirmation that physiotherapy is an effective form of treatment for patients.

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Physiotherapy works for back pain, new Lancet study shows

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has welcomed a new study published in The Lancet this week showing that physiotherapists are using effective treatment plans to tackle lower back pain.

Researchers at Keele University compared two groups of patients who presented with early lower back pain. One group was treated using an exercise and education programme, while the other received physical treatment, including manual therapy.

The results showed both treatments were successful in treating lower back pain.

Commenting on the findings, CSP Chair of Council Grahame Pope says:

'This study provides firm evidence that physiotherapy is an effective treatment for low back pain.

'It suggests that a 'one size fits all' approach cannot be applied to back problems and that physiotherapists have the skills and expertise to determine and deliver the most appropriate course of action for patients.

'It should be noted that the alternative to manual therapy offered to patients in this study was not simply advice; it was a complex pain management programme. This includes instruction on suitable exercises, education to reduce fear and anxiety arising from back pain and the development of coping strategies to encourage patients to return to normal activities.

'The study highlights that patients should be given more choice about the intervention they receive and that physiotherapists have the breadth of specialist skills necessary to devise bespoke and effective treatment plans.'

ENDS

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For more information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616/6628/6163

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 45,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

A full archive of earlier CSP press releases can be found by visiting www.csp.org.uk

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