back pain, Treatment not recommended for back pain

TREATMENT NOT RECOMMENDED FOR BACK PAIN

Several treatments have sometimes been used for non-specific back pain (back pain with no identified cause) but are not recommended because of a lack of evidence.

These include:

  • belts, corsets, foot orthotics and shoes with “rocker” soles
  • traction – the use of weights, ropes and pulleys to apply force to tissues around the spine
  • therapeutic ultrasound – where sound waves are directed at your back to accelerate healing and encourage tissue repair
  • percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) – where electrical pulses are passed along needles inserted near the nerves in the back
  • interferential therapy (IFT) – where a device is used to pass an electrical current through your back to try to accelerate healing https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/back-pain/treatment/

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