The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently released new guidelines for the treatment of low back pain. More specifically, the guidelines relate to “noninvasive” (i.e. conservative treatment, which excludes injection therapy and surgery), and “nonradicular” (i.e. localized low back pain, not associated with radiating sciatic pain) treatment.
Among the highlights, the ACP now recommends that, for patients with chronic low back pain, physicians and patients should initially select non-invasive, non-drug treatments – including spinal manipulation – before resorting to drug therapies.
We’ve long been concerned about the opioid epidemic in this country and have seen its devastating effects first-hand, so we join the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) in welcoming these new ACP guidelines.
Remember, though, never stop taking any medications without consulting your doctor. And, if you have any questions about the guidelines and any pain you may be experiencing, feel free to contact us.