New Guidelines recommend Conservative Treatment over drugs for the Management of Low Back Pain
New Guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommends conservative treatments over drugs for Low Back Pain- as reported by the Wall Street Journal;
A great new article published in the Wall Street Journal the other day summarizes the new guidelines from the American College of Physicians regarding the treatment of low back pain. In this article, the Wall Street journal reports, that the guidelines advocate to “skip the meds. Lower back pain—one of the most common reasons for a doctor’s visit—is best treated with alternative, natural and psychological therapies, say new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.” The article further notes that “for acute and subacute pain the guidelines recommend nondrug therapies first, such as applying heat, massage, acupuncture or spinal manipulation, which is often done by a chiropractor. If a patient requests drugs, the first line of treatment should be nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)—over-the-counter, such as Advil.”
The article also discusses the guidelines for chronic back pain (pain lasting longer than 12 weeks). “For chronic back pain, the guidelines recommend patients also first try nondrug therapies, such as acupuncture, exercise, rehabilitation therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction. They also recommend, with less robust data backing them up, yoga, tai chi, motor control exercises, which focus on central core stabilization, and other psychological approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy.”
This article is a promising step forward in the treatment of low back pain. It is also a step forward for patient-centered care that the updated guidelines and reviews focused on improving pain and function.
To read more click on the link below for the full Wall Street Journal article as well as links to the new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.
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