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American College of Physicians: Low Back Pain Guidelines Advocating Non-Drug Treatments First

On April 4, 2017, the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, a group of medical doctors, Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA; Timothy J. Wilt, MD, MPH; Robert M. McLean, MD; Mary Ann Forciea, MD, made a recommendation for the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians regarding the treatment of low back pain which affects one quarter of the US.  The committee gave three recommendations as guidelines for typical low back pain. Two of the strongest recommendations involved therapies including chiropractic. This is based on systematic review of the evidence in an established peer-review journal based on a community of medical doctors who specialize in internal medicine for the American College of Physicians.
Target Audience and Patient Population:The target audience for this guideline includes all clinicians, and the target patient population includes adults with acute, subacute, or chronic low back pain.Recommendation 1:Given that most patients with acute or subacute low b…