Close X
Get more out of WDDTY.com
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
OR

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.


Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

Back pain doesn't benefit from x-rays
About the author: 

Patients with low back pain believe they are getting 'good' care if there are sent for X-rays in spite of the fact that the X-ray does nothing to improve their condition

Patients with low back pain believe they are getting 'good' care if there are sent for X-rays in spite of the fact that the X-ray does nothing to improve their condition.

This finding came from a study of 421 patients with back pain lasting, on average, 10 weeks. Referral for radiography was not associated with any reduction in pain nor any improvement in functioning or overall health status. Nevertheless, in this study, patients expressed greater satisfaction with their care if they had been X-rayed (BMJ, 2001; 322: 400-5).

Guidelines for managing back pain are not consistent in terms of recommending radiography for back pain. Given its ineffectiveness, and the link between x-rays and cancer, it seems that both GPs and patients need to be better educated about the appropriateness of X-rays for the diagnosis and treatment of back pain.

Back belts, worn by those whose work involves lifting heavy loads, are an ineffective way to prevent back pain and injury. Investigators from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the US studied more than 13,000 employees at retail stores where back belts were either voluntary or mandatory.

No reduction of back pain was found among back belt wearers compared with those who did not use the belts (JAMA, 2000; 284: 2727-32, 2780-1).


You may also be interested in...

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2017 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved