The Lancet medical journal released a series of 3 papers revealing disturbing facts regarding lower back pain. According to the journal, lower back pain plagues over 540 million people around the globe and is often mistreated by medical professionals.
Many working people experience short-term lower back pain and commonly report reoccurring episodes. The most common treatments include the use of steroid injections or opioids. Medical professionals additionally recommend that patient rest and stay home from work. However, according to The Lancet, this is some of the worst advice.
There is little evidence to support the use of opioids, steroids, or acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for back pain. “In many countries, painkillers that have limited positive effect are routinely prescribed for low back pain, with very little emphasis on interventions that are evidence-based, such as exercises," stated co-author Nadine Foster.
According to The Lancet, the proper medical recommendations to manage lower back pain include:
- Superficial heat
- Spinal manipulation therapy
- Massage and acupuncture
According to the study, only half of those treated in the U.S. are prescribed exercise as a form of treatment. In 2016, a JAMA Internal Medicine study found that working and consistent exercise reduces the risk of back pain by up to 45%. Additional, short-term treatments, such as spinal manipulation therapy (SMT), can offer long-term relief. According to The Annals of Internal Medicine, patients who underwent SMT experienced lasting results up to a year after treatment.
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