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American College of Physicians issue new guidelines for treating nonradicular low back pain

February 27, 2017

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends that physicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation.  

 

For patients with chronic low back pain, ACP recommends that physicians and patients initially select non-drug therapy with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise (MCE), progressive relaxation...(among other treatment and therapy options).  “For the treatment of chronic low back pain, physicians should select therapies that have the fewest harms and costs, since there were no clear comparative advantages for most treatments compared to one another,” Dr. Damle said.  

 

“Physicians should consider opioids as a last option for treatment and only in patients who have failed other therapies, as they are associated with substantial harms, including the risk of addiction or accidental overdose,” said Dr. Damle.

 

Link to American College of Physicians Report

 

 

The BioBack fits perfectly with this recommendation for low back pain sufferers.  By relieving pain and improving posture and mobility, BioBack allows low back pain suffers to safely return to their activities and provides support while helping promote healing.

 

 

 

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