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Patients with back pain should receive acupuncture through the NHS, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended in its latest guideline.

Back pain is among the most common reasons for visits to family doctors (after colds and flu). It affects one in three adults in the UK each year, with an estimated 2.5 million people seeking help from their GP. The NHS spends £1.5bn on treating the condition, and much of that is wasted on worthless treatments, according to Nice.  From among 200 treatments and devices claimed to help a bad back, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has passed judgement on what works and what doesn’t.

X-rays, ultrasound and steroid injections are out and osteopathy, chiropractic and “needling” are in, it says.

To read the full story in today’s Health News section of The Independent click here

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