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January 2017

LOW BACK PAIN TREATMENT GUIDELINES PUBLISHED BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS

In the 14 February 2017 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians published guidelines for noninvasive treatments for low back pain. Recommendations for acute and subacute low back pain include heat therapy, massage, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation (adjustment by professional).


If the aforementioned approach does not work non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) and muscle relaxants should be considered. Recommendations for the treatment of chronic pain include exercise, therapy, acupuncture, spinal manipulation, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, mindfulness-based stress reduction, electromyography feedback, low-level laser therapy and behavioral therapy.


Opioids (narcotics) should be considered only if no other treatments work and the benefits are greater than the risks.



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