Trying Physical Therapy First For Low Back Pain May Curb Use Of Opioids

Trying Physical Therapy First For Low Back Pain May Curb Use Of Opioids

Trying Physical Therapy First For Low Back Pain May Curb Use Of Opioids

Though Americans spend an estimated $80 billion to $100 billion each year in hopes of easing their aching backs, the evidence is mounting that many pricey standard treatments — including surgery and spinal injections — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.

A study published Wednesday in the journal Health Services Research suggests trying physical therapy first may at least ease the strain on the patient’s wallet in the long term — and also curb reliance on opioid painkillers, which carry their own risks. Full article continued here >>

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