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JAMA Clinical Guidelines Synopsis
August 22/29, 2017

Treatment of Low Back Pain

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2017;318(8):743-744. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.9386

Low back pain is among the most common symptoms seen in primary care clinics.1 The management of LBP depends on its etiology, duration, presence of radiculopathy, and radiologic or physical examination findings.2 Most episodes of LBP are acute (lasting <4 weeks), with no clearly identifiable underlying cause.3 Low back pain is considered subacute if it persists for 4 to 12 weeks and chronic if it lasts longer than 12 weeks.2 Because non–evidence-based management of LBP is associated with medical overuse and high health care expenditures, clinical practice guidelines have the potential to reduce costs and encourage value-based medical care.4,5

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