OMT Minute  |   June 2020
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Low Back Pain
Author Notes
  • From Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA in Vallejo. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported 
  • Support: This video was produced by Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, 11 Hills Beach Rd, Biddeford, ME 04004. Email: spiercetalsma@une.edu
     
Article Information
Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment / Pain Management/Palliative Care / Low Back Pain
OMT Minute   |   June 2020
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Low Back Pain
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2020, Vol. 120, e84-e85. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.067
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2020, Vol. 120, e84-e85. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.067
Low back pain (LBP) is a frequent presenting complaint, affecting at least one-quarter of US adults and serving as a leading cause of disability.1-2 Most LBP is categorized as nonspecific, in which there is no identifiable cause.2 Acute or subacute LBP typically improves over time. If nonpharmacologic treatment is preferred, heat, massage, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation including osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) may offer some relief.1,3 
OMT is an effective tool for diagnosing and managing musculoskeletal LBP,3 and it has been reported to reduce pain levels and improve function in patients with LBP, including pregnant and postpartum patients.35 An observational study demonstrated decreased pain medication use and an association with decreased work absenteeism in patients who received OMT for LBP.6 

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