Research and new developments for back pain
Research carried out by the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University has demonstrated that a new model of primary care management called stratified primary care management can be really helpful for patients seeking help from their GP for back pain.
The new approach involves referring patients for different levels of treatment depending on their level of risk (low, medium or high) for ongoing back pain problems. Early results showed great health benefits for people who received treatment and reduced healthcare costs because fewer patients needed to return for further treatment. Further research using this approach is now underway to confirm these positive findings.
Arthritis Research UK also recently awarded a grant for a study into why not all people with wear and tear in their lower back have pain.