WHO Introduces First-Ever Guidelines for Managing Chronic Low Back Pain

8 Dec 2023 • Cases of LBP are expected to rise to an estimated 843 million by 2050. Chronic primary LBP referring to pain that lasts for more than 3 months that is not due to an underlying disease or other condition – accounts for the vast majority of chronic LBP presentation.

WHO recommends non-surgical interventions to help people experiencing chronic primary LBP. These interventions include:

  • education programs that support knowledge and self-care strategies;
  • exercise programs;
  • some physical therapies, such as spinal manipulative therapy and massage;
  • psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy; and
  • medicines, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines.

WHO advises against interventions such as:

  • lumbar braces, belts and/or supports;
  • some physical therapies, such as traction (i.e. pulling on part of the body);
  • and some medicines, such as opioid pain killers, which can be associated with overdose and dependence.

Source: WHO | Read full story

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