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Inflammatory Back Pain

Local GP Dr Leslie Borrill chats with Dr Arumugam Moorthy, Consultant Rheumatologist about Inflammatory Back Pain. Back pain is a common presentation to primary care with 80% due to mechanical back pain. However, 15-20% of back pain is due to inflammatory back pain. Research shows on average, there is a delay of 8-9 years in diagnosing inflammatory back pain. The inflammatory back pain eases with exercise and NSAIDS drugs but if left untreated the spine becomes fused and deformity is irreversible. Dr Moorthy provides guidance on taking a detailed medical history and examination as well as signposts to useful resources for GPs.

Notes to accompany the podcast as well as a reflection form and Continuing Professional Development certificate are available to download below.


The video lasts 18 minutes 25 seconds.