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Low back pain is a leading cause of disability, significantly impacting the lives of many. Approximately one in four American adults report low back pain within (LBP) the previous 3 months that lasted at least 24 hours and 7.6% of adults report at least one episode of severe acute low back pain within a 1-year period. Generally, LBP has a good prognosis with most non-specific acute and sub-acute episodes significantly improving within 6 weeks. However, approximately 2 out of 3 individuals continue to experience pain at 3 months and 12 months.
Most guidelines recommend that for acute LBP, a first line care approach should be offered, consisting of advice, reassurance, and encouragement to engage in light physical activity. For second line treatment, a range of options exist including pharmacological and physical therapy. However, the relative effects of interventions when compared against other interventions are not well known. Therefore, this systematic review aims to understand the efficacy of currently available treatments for acute and subacute mechanical non-specific low back pain.
Preview of the Results:
This study found that for acute and subacute mechanical non-specific low back pain, pharmacological, and non-pharmacological interventions were more effective than inert treatment for reducing pain intensity and disability. Overall, the certainty of evidence ranged from very low to moderate, with high certainty of evidence for manual therapy (chiropractic!) compared with usual care and education.
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “Effectiveness of Treatments for Acute & Subacute Mechanical Non-Specific LBP”
This paper was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2022) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Low Back pain and the 2022 Archive.
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