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Treatments for Low Back Pain and Sciatica
The treatment and management of low back pain and sciatica involves lifestyle changes and may include medication, surgery, or other treatments. Most patients recover, but some develop chronic back pain.
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Treatment aims to decrease pain and improve functioning.
Treatment involves the following:Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgery and minimally invasive proceduresAlternative and complementary therapiesOther treatments
Acute low back pain. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114958/Acute-low-back-pain. Updated August 12, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Chronic low back pain. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116935/Chronic-low-back-pain Updated August 18, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Pain. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chronic%5Fpain/detail%5Fchronic%5Fpain.htm#3084%5F16. Updated November 3, 2015. Accessed December 16, 2015.
Sciatica. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115166/Sciatica. Updated February 8, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Searle A, Spink M, Ho A, et al. Exercise interventions for the treatment of chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Clin Rehabil. 2015;29(12):1155-67.
van Vilsteren M, van Oostrom SH, de Vet HC, et al. Workplace interventions to prevent work disability in workers on sick leave. Cochrane Databse Syst Rev. 2015;(10):CD006955.
Yamato TP, Maher CG, Saragiotto BT, et al. Pilates for low back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;(7):CD010265.
- Reviewer: Laura Lei-Rivera, DPT
- Review Date: 12/2015
- Update Date: 12/20/2014