New guidelines on treating lower back pain
Lower back pain is very common. In most cases, it goes away in a day or two. Sometimes, it becomes a chronic condition that lasts a few weeks.
New guideless from the American College of Physicians recommend treating chronic back pain with simple things, such as massage and heat wraps, before taking medication.
Dr. Nitin Damle, president of the American College of Physicians, says the best course of action is to start with non-drug therapy, such as exercise, acupuncture, tai chi, yoga or spinal manipulation.
“Physicians and patients should really seek the treatment that causes the least harm and is the least costly, because comparatively, all treatments are comparable to each other,” Dr. Damle said.
By the way, the new guidelines note that acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, has not been found to be effective in treating low back pain.