Back Pain

Nov 1, 2006 Issue
Chronic Low Back Pain [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of nondrug and oral drug treatments and injection therapy?

Sep 1, 2006 Issue
Acute Low Back Pain [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of oral drug and nondrug treatments? What are the effects of local injections?

Jun 15, 2005 Issue
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Low Back Pain in Adults: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on low back pain and the supporting scientific evidence and updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2d ed.

Feb 1, 2005 Issue
Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Low Back Pain [Cochrane for Clinicians]

In the short term, manipulative therapy is as effective for acute or chronic low back pain as other treatments such as analgesics, physical therapy, exercises, back school, and routine care from a primary care physician. Radiation of pain, type of manipulation, and use of multiple modalities do not alter these results.

Aug 1, 2004 Issue
Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis [Article]

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the vertebral canal that compresses spinal nerves and may cause leg pain and difficulty walking. The symptoms of degenerative lumbar stenosis commonly occur in elderly adults and can be treated conservatively with pain-relieving agents or aggressively with decompres...

Jun 15, 2004 Issue
Spondyloarthropathies [Article]

The spondyloarthropathies include ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis (including Reiter's syndrome), psoriatic arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease-associated spondyloarthropathy, and undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy. These diseases are linked by their association with the HLA-B27 gene a...

Jun 1, 2002 Issue
Neuroimaging in Low Back Pain [Article]

Patients commonly present to family physicians with low back pain. Because the majority of patients fully or partially recover within six weeks, imaging studies are generally not recommended in the first month of acute low back pain. Exceptions include patients with suspected cauda equina syndrome, ...

Apr 1, 2002 Issue
Do NSAIDs Help in Acute or Chronic Low Back Pain? [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Patients can expect a modest improvement in global function with NSAID therapy, such as ibuprofen. There is no evidence that any particular NSAID or combination of medicines has superior efficacy in the treatment of low back pain.

Mar 1, 2002 Issue
Low Back Pain [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of oral drug treatments for low back pain? What are the effects of local injections for low back pain? What are the effects of nondrug treatments for low back pain?

Mar 15, 2000 Issue
Diagnosis and Management of Acute Low Back Pain [Article]

Acute low back pain is commonly encountered in primary care practice but the specific cause often cannot be identified. This ailment has a benign course in 90 percent of patients. Recurrences and functional limitations can be minimized with appropriate conservative management, including medications,...

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