Hands up who gets back pain? Free health talk – 4th March 2015

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Hands up who gets back pain? Free health talk – 4th March 2015
12 February 2015

ON Wednesday 4th March, senior physiotherapists from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting a free public talk on diagnosing and managing low back pain to be held at Fairfield General Hospital education centre (2-3pm).

According to Arthritis Research UK, back pain is a common problem, with 4 out of 5 adults in the UK experiencing episodes at some stage in their lives.  It usually feels like an ache, tension or stiffness in your back and can be triggered by bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly. 

Back pain is not generally caused by a serious condition and most episodes will settle within six weeks.  However, when it doesn’t settle, it can impact on all aspects of everyday life.

The public, NHS staff and members of the Trust will have the opportunity to find out more about the common causes of back pain, how it is diagnosed, why some back pain persists and how it is best managed. There will also be time for discussion and to ask questions of the Trust’s clinicians.

This event will be led by Alison Unsworth and Deborah Bancroft, advanced physiotherapy practitioners from the Bury Integrated Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service. 

The Bury Integrated MSK Service provides a specialist opinion to all patients presenting with musculoskeletal disorders referred by their GP.  The service was developed in partnership with local health commissioner, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to provide a more timely and appropriate access route for patients living in Bury.  Waiting times are kept to a minimum of four weeks from GP referral to appointment.

Patients are seen within the physiotherapy department at Fairfield General Hospital and will have their initial consultation with an advanced physiotherapist practitioner. They will assess their MSK condition and depending on what is required, refer them for diagnostic investigations such as MRI or ultrasound scans, as part of their individual screening process. 

Deborah Bancroft, advanced physiotherapy practitioner said: “Our integrated service within physiotherapy works with a number of local partners across primary, secondary and tertiary care to maximise the support our patients receive to enable them to achieve the best outcome possible from their care.”

The talk will be held on Wednesday 4th March, 2-3pm in the Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital. The event is free and open to the public, staff and the Trust’s FT members.  

‘Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at our four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s Foundation Trust members the opportunity to learn more about the services at PAHNT. So far, nearly 12,000 people have signed up to become FT members.

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk  

To find out more about the Bury MSK service go to http://www.pat.nhs.uk/our-services/bury-integrated-msk-service.htm

Pictured: Alison Unsworth Advanced Physiotherapist at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust