Opioids versus physical therapy for management of chronic back pain

Cassandra A. Gladkowski, Chelsey L. Medley, Heather M. Nelson, Angela Tallie Price, Margaret Harvey

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Abstract

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a common disabling disorder managed by a variety of interventions. The purpose of this article was to review the literature and critique the evidence to determine if opioid analgesics improved patient outcomes compared with physical therapy. No research was found that directly compared the efficacy of opioid analgesics with physical therapy. Although the evidence supports the use of physical therapy in chronic back pain, the study results are conflicting regarding the usefulness of opioid analgesics in CLBP management. More research involving the efficacy of opioid analgesic in treating CLBP is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-559
Number of pages8
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Volume10
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Back Pain
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Low Back Pain
Pain Management
Therapeutics
Research

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fundamentals and skills
  • LPN and LVN

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Opioids versus physical therapy for management of chronic back pain. / Gladkowski, Cassandra A.; Medley, Chelsey L.; Nelson, Heather M.; Price, Angela Tallie; Harvey, Margaret.

In: Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Vol. 10, No. 8, 01.01.2014, p. 552-559.

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Gladkowski, Cassandra A. ; Medley, Chelsey L. ; Nelson, Heather M. ; Price, Angela Tallie ; Harvey, Margaret. / Opioids versus physical therapy for management of chronic back pain. In: Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2014 ; Vol. 10, No. 8. pp. 552-559.
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