The data indicate that most people with back pain that lasts less than 12 weeks get better regardless of the treatment. Some people get better even without treatment. Taking all this into consideration as well as all the available evidence, the American College of Physicians recently published new guidelines for the treatment of back pain. This was the first revision since 2007 and what is recommended is a departure from past practice.
There are surprises in the new guidelines, e.g., for acute back pain the recommendations include superficial heat, massage, and acupuncture. There are also very specific guidelines as to the medicines a person should take. Take a look at the recommendations and share them with a friend.
The science behind wellness is growing. To make the best decisions for our health and the health of those we care for, we each need to know the latest science based information.