The RTE News Channel is shocked after learning a spine correction is being introduced in the UK for patients who have been experiencing neck pain and tingling sensations.
In a statement, the channel said it had been in contact with a GP in the town of Teddington, near Bristol, who confirmed the spine correction was being rolled out and that it was intended for patients with a “shocking” neck pain.
“It’s a relief, I’ve had a bad feeling for a while but I was still feeling a bit numb in my neck when I was having a chat with a colleague and the doctor told me it was a good idea for me to go to the specialist, which I didn’t believe at first, I was a bit sceptical,” said the unnamed patient.
“I’m glad it’s here.”
After my first consultation I was told I would have to go back to the emergency department because I’d be experiencing pain in my right side and a lot of numbness and tingle in my left side.
“When I went to the GP to check my symptoms, they didn’t have any idea what was going on, they just told me to get in touch with the specialist.”
The statement said the RTEs “experienced a very high number of patients experiencing neck issues”.
“The specialist was a very knowledgeable and experienced GP and was very helpful,” it added.
“He told me that he was looking for an experienced spine surgeon, and that I needed to contact the specialist to discuss what to expect.”
The RTE said the specialist was in Bristol at the time and did not respond to requests for comment.
However, a spokesperson for the British Medical Association (BMA), which represents the profession, said the spine was an area of specialist expertise and was therefore an area that could be considered for further research.
“The BMA does not accept that the spine is an area where a diagnosis of ‘shocking’ or ‘shocker’ is appropriate, as the diagnosis of neck pain or tingles is recognised by medical guidelines,” the spokesperson said.
“As such, we support the Government’s decision to include spine pain and symptoms as a separate category of diagnosis in its new National Trauma Service.”
“However, as a general practice, the BMA supports any attempt to improve the availability of spinal treatments in the NHS, particularly in rural areas where there are very few options for spinal care,” the statement added.
The BCA has previously warned of the “unacceptable” level of neck and shoulder pain in the United Kingdom, and has called for greater focus on treating patients with neck pain, not spine pain.
“In the short term, we should be focusing on managing patients with severe neck pain by ensuring that they receive a proper neck injury assessment,” the BCA said in 2015.
In its statement, RTE acknowledged that the issue of neck spine pain was a “challenge”, but added that the company was working with doctors to address the problem.
“Our spine surgeon has now been in touch to discuss the possibility of a spine surgery in Teddham, and we are working with the GP in Bristol to ensure the procedure is appropriate and safe,” the RTA statement added, adding that the UK had the highest number of spine injuries in the world.
“We are committed to improving access to spinal services in the U.K., and are working hard to ensure our spine surgeons are in touch regularly with our spine centre to ensure this happens.”
“In addition, we have a very extensive range of neck specialist services to offer and, as part of that, we will continue to work closely with our patients to ensure they are able to get the services they need,” the broadcaster added.RTE has been criticised in the past for failing to treat neck pain in a way that is medically acceptable, and the broadcaster has recently been criticised for the use of the word “shock” in its news coverage.
The BBC has since apologised for the way the word was used, saying it did not mean to imply that it meant to suggest pain.
The BBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from RTE.
It has previously apologised for using the word shock in the headlines for a range of reasons including its treatment of child abuse, the death of the former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and the publication of an article claiming a doctor was being sued for “sexual harassment”.
In 2016, RTP’s head of news said the word did not accurately describe the nature of the condition and should be used in the context of neck trauma.
A spokesperson for RTE, who spoke to RTE on the condition of anonymity, said that “surgery for the treatment of the neck is an elective procedure and is an urgent priority for the RTP”.
“It is important to note that our treatment of a neck injury is a medically acceptable and standard treatment, so