HCM Issue 4 2021

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The Health Agenda


dults suffering from chronic pain should be advised to take exercise, rather than be prescribed painkillers, according to new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK. In a groundbreaking move, NICE says that patients looking to manage their pain should be advised to engage in physical activity to alleviate the condition – as well as remain physically active for longer-term general health benefits.

Prescribe exercise, not painkillers, to chronic pain sufferers, says the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, as Tom Walker reports


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Chronic pain management The new guidance outlines the recommended care plans for patients suffering from pain that can’t be tracked to any underlying condition – also known as chronic primary pain. The new NICE guidance says that medical practitioners should “offer a supervised group exercise programme to