What is the most effective treatment for acute low back pain?

Harwood, Marc I.; Sang-ick Chang
February 2002
Journal of Family Practice;Feb2002, Vol. 51 Issue 2, p118
Academic Journal
The article discusses the most effective treatment for acute low back pain. Although nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are more effective that placebo for pain relief in patients with acute low back pain, no consistent evidence show that NSAID are more effective than acetaminophen. According to a systematic review of NSAID, there is no statistically significant difference in pain relief between patients using NSAID alone versus those using both NSAID and muscle relaxants. There is insufficient evidence to support the use of spinal manipulation in patients with acute low back pain because of serious design flaws in the trials.


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