The Somatic Connection  |   May 2017
Noninvasive Interventions Efficacious in Reducing Symptoms of Low Back Pain
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  • Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, California 
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The Somatic Connection   |   May 2017
Noninvasive Interventions Efficacious in Reducing Symptoms of Low Back Pain
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2017, Vol. 117, 335-336. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.064
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2017, Vol. 117, 335-336. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.064
Chou R, Deyo R, Friedly J, et al. Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2016. AHRQ Publication No. 16-EHC004- EF. 
Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most frequently encountered conditions in clinical practice, with up to 84% of adults reporting having had LBP at some time in their lives. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a report aimed to assess the benefits of different pharmacologic and noninvasive, nonpharmacologic interventions for adults with acute, subacute, or chronic LBP. 
The AHRQ selected systematic reviews of randomized trials of pharmacologic interventions and nonpharmacologic interventions for patients with nonradicular or radicular LBP published before April 2015. Of the 2545 citations identified, 156 were included, most of which enrolled patients with pain symptoms of at least moderate intensity (defined as >5 on a 0- to 10-point scale). Excluded from the review were studies conducted among patients with LBP related to cancer, infection, inflammatory arthropathy, high-velocity trauma, fracture, or severe or progressive neurologic deficits. 
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