With the release of clinical practice guidelines in 2017 by the American College of Physicians (ACP) new, more conservative, treatments were recommended to treat low back pain. The ACP now recommends "nonpharmacologic treatments as the initial mode of therapy for patients with acute, subacute, or chronic low back pain" according to the ACP Internist. Treatments such as "mindfulness meditation, acupuncture, mindful stress reduction, tai chi, yoga, and cognitive behavioral therapy" can potentially help relieve back pain.
Dr. Allen Chen, Assistant Professor and Director of Physiatry for the Och Spine Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, discusses the benefits of including these therapies into physician's clinical practice and how primary care physicians can best incorporate these alternative therapies in their offices.
Read "'New narrative' for back pain means managing modalities' to learn more about the benefits of these therapies.