One in three GPs cannot offer 'alternative' therapies to patients suffering back pain - despite NHS guidelines sanctioning their use.
A new survey reveals a big gaps in availability of therapies like acupuncture, massage and manipulation for NHS patients. The postcode lottery is revealed in a survey for the College of Medicine, a body promoting integrated healthcare.
It found 34 per cent of family doctors could not prescribe complementary therapies for patients most seriously disabled by back pain. But guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) - which were the first to endorse widespread use of 'alternative' therapies - have been in force for two years.
Back pain sufferers in England and Wales are supposed to be able to opt for a three-month course of acupuncture, spinal manipulation or exercise - and try something different if the first treatment fails to work. Treatment can be provided by physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths or other qualified specialistsSource - Daily Mail