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Prim Care. 2012 Sep;39(3):499-510. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2012.06.005.

Low back pain: pharmacologic management.

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Duke/Southern Regional Area Health Education Family Medicine Residency Program, Fayetteville, NC, USA.


Adequate treatment of low back pain is essential, but has been challenging for many primary care physicians. Most patients with low back pain can be treated in the primary care environment, provided the physician has enough knowledge of the medications used to treat low back pain. The main treatment goal for acute low back pain is to control the pain and maintain function. For patients with chronic back pain, the goal is continual pain management and prevention of future exacerbations. This article reviews current pharmacological options for the treatment of low back pain, and possible future innovations.

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