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AHRQ Releases Systematic Review on Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain

Monday, March 14, 2016  
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On February 29, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a systematic review examining the evidence on the comparative benefits and harms of noninvasive treatments for low back pain.

The report concludes that "a number of pharmacological and nonpharmacological noninvasive treatments for low back pain are associated with small to moderate, primarily short-term effects on pain versus placebo, sham, wait list, or no treatment. Effects on function were generally smaller than effects on pain. More research is needed to understand optimal selection of treatments, effective combinations and sequencing of treatments, effectiveness of treatments for radicular low back pain, and effectiveness on outcomes other than pain and function."

The report is available here: Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain.

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