ACP Guideline: Nondrug Treatments Should Be First-Line Therapy for Low Back Pain

Nondrug treatment alternatives should be considered as first-line therapy for patients with low back pain according to an updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians | Anesthesiology News

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The new guideline offered three main recommendations for treating acute (less than four weeks), subacute (four to 12 weeks) and chronic (>12 weeks) LBP:

  •  Nonpharmacologic treatments such as acupuncture, heat packs and massage are strongly recommended because acute or subacute LBP is expected to improve over time regardless of treatment.
  •  Nonpharmacologic treatment such as exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, yoga and tai chi should be initially used for patient with chronic LBP.
  •  Only after these treatments are deemed ineffective should nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs be considered as first-line therapy.

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