The Multidisciplinary Approach to Back Pain

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In many countries chronic low back pain is the most common cause of long term disability in middle age.

The human and financial costs of disabling low back pain are staggering—an estimated 1.7% of the gross national product of a developed country.

Chronic low back pain is resistant to treatment and many suffer with this pain for long periods.

A study carried out by Guzman et.al. in 2001 shows that intensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation with a functional restoration approach decreased pain and improved function. ‘Multidisciplinary’ or ‘MDT’ are terms used by the medical industry to describe a team of different medical disciplines working together on a patient’s case. This is versus an individual approach whereby a patient would be seen by one profession alone and no other disciplines unless they were specifically referred. A multidisciplinary approach provides a number of benefits. Guzman et. Al. lists their findings below:

There is strong evidence that intensive multidisciplinary biopsychosocial rehabilitation with functional restoration improves function when compared with inpatient or outpatient non-multidisciplinary rehabilitation.

There is moderate evidence that intensive multidisciplinary biopsychosocial rehabilitation with functional restoration reduces pain when compared with outpatient non-multidisciplinary rehabilitation or usual care.

We at the Buckingham Clinic believe that out Multidisciplinary team of Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Sports Therapists and Masseuers work together to provide a well rounded functional approach to rehab. We assess your goals and design our treatment plan around your lifestyle to make your rehab goals achievable and even enjoyable.

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