Study shows more people are using emergency care for back pain than seeing a Physiotherapist.
A study identified eight key motivators of patients with mechanical back pain seeking urgent care: (1) GP access, (2) Pain, (3) Function, (4) Something being different, (5) Something being wrong, (6) Desire for investigation, (7) Third Party Influence and (8) Repeat visits.
This study (Stafford et al 2013) provides some evidence to support the notion that patients are willing to use primary care services for the treatment of Mechanical Back Pain but that access is frequently limited and untimely.
While the study concludes that attendance at care facilities are a human response to the perception of pain and reinforced by functional loss but patient uncertainty or the need to provide care for others influences access to timely care . The authors state that "it is clear that there is a need for mass education in this area" which i would agree in full.
People should be aware that accessing care for mechanical back pain in a timely manner is important for your health and function. Accessing care assists with appropriate pain management, improvement of fucntion short term and most importantly long term. Physiotherapists are key primary care practitioners in the treatment and management of acute and chronic mechanical back pain. Early access in a timely manner is best to avoid long term pain and functional impairment. No just a pill from your GP.
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