We answer some questions you may have if you’re affected by pain and discomfort in your lower back which has no identifiable cause (it’s ‘non-specific’) and has lasted longer than 3 months (it’s ‘chronic’). On this page, we look at the potential benefits and harms of various non-invasive, non-surgical treatment options. The answers are based on the latest trustworthy evidence from Cochrane and NHS advice.
Sarah Chapman looks at Cochrane evidence and NICE guidance on managing osteoarthritis
Jack Leahy writes about his experience of practicing yoga and the latest Cochrane evidence on yoga for people with chronic non-specific low back pain
In a blog for people who run for exercise, Dr Rebecca Gould, Cochrane UK Fellow and Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar, looks at the evidence on the role of running shoes for preventing lower limb running injuries
Hip fracture is a common injury, but do we have reliable evidence to guide care and rehabilitation?
Can hip protectors prevent fractures in older people? We look at the evidence.
In this blog for people with musculoskeletal problems, Dr Rebecca Gould, Cochrane UK Fellow and Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar looks at the latest evidence for kinesio taping. Can some complementary treatments for musculoskeletal problems have unintended consequences?
Lynda Ware looks at evidence and practice for different treatments for wrist fractures in children.
In this blog for people with severe arthritis Robert Walton, Senior Fellow in General Practice at Cochrane UK and a very general practitioner, examines Cochrane evidence about biologics, a new generation of drugs to help people with this disabling long term condition.
Siobhan McCormack blogs Cochrane evidence on treatments for idiopathic toe walking
Professor Paul Bowness, Consultant Rheumatologist in Oxford UK, discusses the implications of Cochrane evidence on down-titration and discontinuation of TNFi therapies in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Cochrane Co-ordinating Editor and review author Helen Handoll talks about new evidence that exercise prevents falls in older people and what it might mean for her mother and others like her.