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Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain

Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain - Consumer Summary | AHRQ Effective Health Care Program

Consumer Summary – Nov. 15, 2016

Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain

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Is This Information Right for Me?

This information is right for you if:
  • You have low back pain
  • Your low back pain is not caused by:
    • Injury or pressure on the nerve roots in the spine (radiculopathy)
    • A high-speed injury (such as from a car accident)
    • Pregnancy
    • Cancer, an infection, problems with your nervous system, a broken bone, or certain types of arthritis
  • You are age 18 or older. This information is from research on adults.

What will this summary tell me?

This summary will answer these questions:
  • What is low back pain?
  • How is low back pain treated?
    • Medicines
    • Nonmedicine treatments such as heat, exercise, and massage
  • What have researchers found about treatments for low back pain?
  • What are possible side effects of medicines to treat low back pain?
  • What should I discuss with my health care professional* about treating my low back pain?
* Your health care professional may include your primary care doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, bone specialist (orthopedist), nerve specialist (neurologist), a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (physiatrist), physical therapist, or other therapist.
Note: This summary only covers noninvasive treatments for low back pain. It does not discuss invasive treatments such as surgery or shots given into your back (epidural injections).

What is the source of this information?

This information comes from a research report that was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a Federal Government agency.
Researchers looked at 156 research studies on noninvasive treatments for low back pain. The studies were published before April 2015. Health care professionals, researchers, experts, and the public gave feedback on the report before it was published.

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