New ACP guideline: begin with drug-free approach to low back pain

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  • Nonpharmacologic therapies should be used as first-line treatments for acute (<4 wk), subacute (4-12 wk), and chronic (>12 wk) low back pain.
  • If nonpharmacologic therapies do not work, then NSAIDs are the first-line pharmacologic therapies.
  • Acetaminophen is ineffective at relieving low back pain.

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