Back Pack is run by the pain team at NBT (with sessions also delivered at Weston General Hospital). The aim is to reverse deconditioning and to build knowledge and confidence in reducing the risks for future back problems. Appropriate patients are generally still fairly active but struggling to maintain this, ie. Maybe on lighter duties at work or struggling with work and who have variable uncontrolled pain with flare-ups. These people may be at risk of a worsening situation and backpack will look at areas for improvement. It looks at risk modification. Part of this is exercise, part is psychosocial risk factors including mood and stress.
Please refer to Back Pack - Referral Guidelines for advice on appropriate patients for this service.
For referrals to Back Pack at Weston General Hospital (WGH), please refer to physio in WGH using e-RS but include on the referral letter that Back Pack is required.