This guideline covers assessing and managing low back pain and sciatica in people aged 16 and over. It outlines physical, psychologival and pharmacological and surgical treatments to help people manage their low back pain and sciatica in their daily life. The guidline aims to improve people's quality of life by promoting the most effective forms of care for low back pain and sciatica.
This guideline covers managing neuropathic pain (nerve pain) with pharmacological treatments (drugs) in adults in non-specialist settings. It aims to improve quality of life for people with conditions such as neuralgia, shingles and diabetic neuropathy by reducing pain and promoting increased participation in all aspects of daily living. The guidline sets out how drug treatments for neuropathic pain differ from traditional pain management.
This document defines the standards to optimise specialist pain consultations. It also provides supplementary practical guidance to enhance the therapeutic value of the consultation.
In this guest blog, Consultant in Pain Medicine Cathy Stannard and pain researcher Andrew Moore discuss some unpalatable truths about traditional opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.