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Physician Office Visits for Low Back Pain: Frequency, Clinical Evaluation, and Treatment Patterns From a U.S. National Survey
TLDR
The frequency of office visits for low back pain, the content of ambulatory care, and how these vary by physician specialty are characterized and visit, referral, and management patterns among specialties providing the most care are described.
A comparison of physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, and provision of an educational booklet for the treatment of patients with low back pain.
TLDR
For patients with low back pain, the McKenzie method of physical therapy and chiropractic manipulation had similar effects and costs, and patients receiving these treatments had only marginally better outcomes than those receiving the minimal intervention of an educational booklet.
Randomized trial comparing traditional Chinese medical acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and self-care education for chronic low back pain.
TLDR
Therapeutic massage was effective for persistent low back pain, apparently providing long-lasting benefits and might be an effective alternative to conventional medical care for persistent back pain.
Effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction vs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Usual Care on Back Pain and Functional Limitations in Adults With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
TLDR
Among adults with chronic low back pain, treatment with MBSR or CBT, compared with usual care, resulted in greater improvement in back pain and functional limitations at 26 weeks, with no significant differences in outcomes between M BSR and CBT.
A randomized trial comparing yoga, stretching, and a self-care book for chronic low back pain.
TLDR
Yoga classes were more effective than a self-care book, but not moreeffective than stretching classes, in improving function and reducing symptoms due to chronic low back pain, with benefits lasting at least several months.
A Review of the Evidence for the Effectiveness, Safety, and Cost of Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Spinal Manipulation for Back Pain
TLDR
This work attempts to provide clinicians, patients, and health plans with a clear and balanced understanding of the current evidence about the effectiveness, safety, and cost of the CAM therapies most often used by Americans to treat low back pain: acupuncture, massage therapy, and spinal manipulation.
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