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Back Pain: Medical Treatments

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that manual therapies recommended in draft guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for the treatment of lower back pain are available on the NHS. (249551)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has not yet published its final clinical guideline on the acute management of patients with chronic (longer than six weeks) non-specific low back pain. In the absence of NICE guidance, we expect local national health service organisations to decide which treatments they will fund based on the available evidence.