Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit U.S. doctors' offices each year, according to the ACP in the Annals of Internal Medicine. About a quarter of U.S. adults report that they have experience lower back pain at least once during the previous three months.
It’s easy to reach for a pill to alleviate pain, however studies are now saying to slow your roll, and seek other options.
According to new guidelines, people should opt for non-drug treatments, like massages or stretching for most cases of chronic low back pain before choosing over-the-counter or prescription drugs
According to Fox, If the pain began recently, the guidelines recommend superficial heat, massage, acupuncture or spinal manipulation. If patients wish to take medication, they should use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, or skeletal muscle relaxants prescribed by a doctor. Acetaminophen and steroids are not recommended for low back pain, according to the guidelines.
However, if you are experiencing chronic low back pain (pain that's lasted more than 12 weeks) the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends people hold off on medications.
Patients with low back pain that radiates to other parts of the body need to be further evaluated professionally.
Opioids should only be considered as last resorts, and only prescribed after doctors discuss their risks and benefits with patients.
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