For patients suffering acute or subacute pain, doctors suggest heat therapy, massage, acupuncture or spinal manipulation.
But if those treatments are ineffective, patients should discuss taking ibuprofen or other muscle relaxants with their physicians.
Those suffering with chronic low back pain have a variety of treatment options to consider including yoga, Tai chi, rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction or progressive relaxation.
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According to the study, patients with chronic low back pain can also try electromyography biofeedback, which involves a machine that helps sense muscle tension and release it. Additional options include low-level laser therapy, operant therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and spinal manipulation.
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Again, if the treatments prove ineffective, patients can discuss medicines as possible treatments.
Read more about the new guidelines at Annals.org.
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