What does the latest research say about treating low back pain?
Finding the right treatment for low back pain can be tricky, especially because there are so many different options from a wide range of health professionals and therapists. A recent study has
outlined which treatment methods have been shown to be effective in treating low back pain and the findings are summarised below:
1. Advice to remain active and education should always be provided regardless if the pain is acute or chronic
2. Exercise should always be prescribed, and it doesn’t matter what type of exercise it is
3. Hands-on therapies such as massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation can be used as an adjunctive treatment
4. Pain medication such as paracetamol and opioids should not be used to treat low back pain, whereas anti-inflammatories can be used as an adjunctive treatment
5. Low back pain should be addressed by primary care practitioners such as a GP or physiotherapist first who can screen for more serious pathologies
6. Imaging such as X-rays and MRIs are rarely necessary for most low back pain presentations
The bottom line is that if you are experiencing low back pain for either a short or long period of time, you should be trying to stay active as much as possible. You should also see a health professional or therapist such as a physiotherapist who can provide education on your condition and pain in general, prescribe exercises based on your individual needs, and treat your acute symptoms with hands-on therapy.
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Blog produced by Spencer (Physiotherapist, PhysioWest)