The Somatic Connection  |   July 2018
Treating Patients With Low Back Pain: Evidence vs Practice
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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, Lebanon, Oregon 
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, California 
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The Somatic Connection   |   July 2018
Treating Patients With Low Back Pain: Evidence vs Practice
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2018, Vol. 118, 486-487. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.107
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2018, Vol. 118, 486-487. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.107
Foster NE, Anema JR, Cherkin D, et al; Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group. Prevention and treatment of low back pain: evidence, challenges, and promising directions [published online March 20, 2018]. Lancet. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30489-6 
Low back pain (LBP) is the third-most common cause of visits to ambulatory clinics in the United States.1 With a lifetime prevalence reaching 84% and numerous contributory factors adding to diagnostic and treatment complexity,2 expert panels, medical specialty societies, professional associations, and government regulatory bodies around the world have established guidelines in attempts to optimize resources and treatment outcomes. However, it is unclear whether these “best practices” guidelines are upheld or followed by practicing clinicians. 
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