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Last month, the American Pain Society added to its recommendations to health care providers regarding the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain .
In addition, the Society decided to discuss openly procedures that could be risky to sufferers of low back pain, including recommendations on surgery and other invasive therapies.
Unfortunately, there is not a significant body of good evidence to justify unquestioningly embracing these new recommendations. It is difficult to find well-done clinical studies which support the use of a number of the more invasive treatments used for chronic low back pain.
The initial set of guidelines for the management of chronic low back pain were published in "Annals of Internal Medicine" last October. However, these recommendations dealt more with the initial evaluation of a low back pain patient, and included thoughts on what type of x-rays to order in addition to more conservative treatments such as massage/manipulation and exerci...
Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.
- Sir William Osler
Finding the best medication to treat all types of low back pain is an impossible task given the variability of people and the multidimensional nature of this condition. Finding the right medication for your low back pain might not be so impossible if your individual circumstances are carefully taken into consideration. Over 80 percent of people with chronic low back pain take at least one type of medication to help relieve the pain. The top three medications used are: anti-inflammatory medications, opioid medications, and antidepressant medications . Of course, many other medications are utilized for back pain like acetaminophen, muscle relaxants, steroids, and antiepileptic medications. With so many choices, how can you find the right one that is going ...
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