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Treatments for Low Back Pain and Sciatica

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 changesMedicationsSurgery and minimally invasive proceduresAlternative and complementary therapiesOther 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%5Fpain/detail%5Fchronic%5Fpain.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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