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An open study of diflunisal, conservative and manipulative therapy in the management of acute mechanical low back pain

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Structural and chiropractic

N Z Med J.1985 May 22;98(779):372-5.

Authors:

R F Waterworth, I A Hunter

Abstract.

One hundred and twelve patients with acute mechanical low back pain were randomly divided into three treatment groups. All patients received ergonomic advice and then either a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or conservative or manipulative types of physiotherapy. Serial assessments of pain and spinal mobility showed similar response rates in all three treatment groups and no significant difference between therapies. The overall improvement ratings, time off work, and economic cost favoured the group treated with the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, but this group had a better range of spinal flexion at the onset so firm conclusions regarding the preferred management of these patients in general practice cannot be drawn. Treatment failures occurred in all groups highlighting the need for a variety of therapeutic approaches in managing the patient with low back pain.orth, I A Hunter

Publication Date: 

1985 May

OEID: 

4006

Waterworth, FR., Hunter, AI. (1985) 'An open study of diflunisal, conservative and manipulative therapy in the management of acute mechanical low back pain', N Z Med J.1985 May 22;98(779):372-5.

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