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Non-pharmacological treatment of low back pain in primary care (DTB 2019; 57: 104-8)
Key learning points
Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is associated with a significant personal, social and economic burden.
The use of often harmful and ineffective treatments (eg, opioids and surgery) represents a major challenge to the safe and appropriate management of non-specific LBP.
Greater emphasis is now placed on non-pharmacological treatments.
Self-care advice and reassurance should form the mainstay of non-pharmacological treatment for non-specific LBP, but there is a lack of guidance on how best to deliver reassurance in a way that is acceptable to people with LBP.
LBP is an unsolved problem and we currently lack truly effective treatments. Effects are often small and short lived and many treatments do not work at all. …
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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