Exercise is the best medicine for bad backs, and acupuncture should no longer be prescribed for the problem, health officials have ruled.
Fresh guidelines for the treatment of lower back pain state that exercise, including stretching, aerobics and yoga should be the treatment of choice.
Acupuncture has been removed from the list of therapies, due to a lack of evidence that it works. Paracetamol is also no longer recommended for the pain.
The National Institute for Healthcare and Clinical Excellence said the popular pills are no better than placebo drugs at tackling acute back pain and that, taken long-term, they can raise the risk of a range of health problems.
Sufferers should try aspirin, ibuprofen and similar drugs instead, the regulator advised.
Source - Daily Mail