Back Care Awareness Week takes place from 7 to 11 October. Pain in the lower back is a common concern, reportedly affecting up to 30-40% of South Africans at some point in their lifetime. Lower back pain is not a specific disease but rather, a symptom that may occur from a variety of different causes. In some cases, people experience lower back pain without any specific cause that can be identified by means of a thorough medical examination.

Bestmed’s back and neck preventative programme’s goals are to assist members with chronic back and neck pain, and to improve the clinical state of the back and/or neck in order to prevent surgery. Documented Based Care (DBC) and Workability are Bestmed’s contracted service providers for the back and neck programme.

The back and neck programme is completely evidence and outcomes based with a success rate in excess of 85%.

All qualifying Bestmed members have access to the benefit. For more information please e-mail or call (012) 472 6249/6235.