Guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Pain Society (APS) have issued comprehensive guidelines offering recommendations regarding diagnosis and treatment of low back pain.

The guidelines pertain to

  • how to categorize patients
  • when to perform imaging studies
  • educational information for patients
  • self-care
  • when to prescribe medications and what types and
  • non pharmacologic therapy.


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