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Treatments for Low Back Pain and Sciatica

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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 changes | Medications | Surgery and minimally invasive procedures | Alternative and complementary therapies | Other treatments

 

References:

  • Conn's Current Therapy 2001. 53rd ed. W.B. Saunders Company; 2001.
  • Pain. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chronic_pain/detail_chronic_pain.htm#Spine. Accessed October 27, 2008.
  • Sciatica. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon's website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00351. Accessed October 27, 2008.
  • Textbook of Primary Care Medicine. 3rd ed. Mosby, Inc.; 2001.

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