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Nonoperative Management of Cervical Radiculopathy - American Family Physician

May 1, 2016 - Cervical radiculopathy describes pain in one or both of the upper extremities, often in the setting of neck pain, secondary to compression or irritation of nerve roots in the cervical spine. It can be accompanied by motor, sensory, or reflex deficits and is most prevalent in persons 50 ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p746.html

Nonsurgical Management of Knee Pain in Adults - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2015 - The role of the family physician in managing knee pain is expanding as recent literature supports nonsurgical management for many patients. Effective treatment depends on the etiology of knee pain. Oral analgesics—most commonly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen—are ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1115/p875.html

Common Questions About Chronic Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

May 15, 2015 - More than 30% of U.S. adults report having experienced low back pain within the preceding three months. Although most low back pain is nonspecific and self-limiting, a subset of patients develop chronic low back pain, defined as persistent symptoms for longer than three months. Low back...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/p708.html

No Short-Term Extra Benefit when Muscle Relaxants Are Added to Ibuprofen for Acute Low ...

Jun 1, 2020 - Adding a muscle relaxant to treatment with ibuprofen does not improve functional outcomes or pain, or lessen the number of people reporting moderate to severe back pain one week after starting treatment.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p695.html

Chronic Neck Pain: Nonpharmacologic Treatment - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care...

Aug 1, 2019 - Which noninvasive nonpharmacologic treatments for chronic neck pain improve function or pain for at least one month?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p180.html

Gabapentin for Treatment of Radicular Low Back Pain - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Sep 1, 2019 - Gabapentin is not effective for the treatment of radicular low back pain and is associated with adverse effects.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p309.html

Nonopioids Equivalent to Opioids for Severe Chronic Back, Hip, or Knee Pain with Fewer ...

Sep 1, 2018 - Nonopioid medications were at least as effective as opioid medications for improving pain-related function over 12 months in adults with severe chronic back pain or knee or hip osteoarthritis pain. The evidence that opioids are not superior to nonopioid medications for chronic and acute...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0901/p316.html

Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2018 - There is some evidence that early physical therapy may decrease posttreatment health care utilization for low back pain.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0715/p115.html

Surgery Equal to No Surgery for Patients with Subacromial Shoulder Pain - POEMs - ...

Jul 1, 2018 - In patients with subacromial shoulder pain of at least three months' duration who receive physical therapy, surgical decompression is no better than arthroscopy without decompression in improving pain or function, and neither is much better than no invasive intervention at all.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p54.html

Early PT for Acute Low Back Pain Is Cost-Effective, but Gain in Quality of Life Is ...

Apr 1, 2018 - At $30,000 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained, early PT for acute low back pain in primary care is cost-effective by the usual criteria of $50,000 to $100,000 per QALY. However, the magnitude of improvement in quality of life is small and is probably not clinically meaningful.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p475.html

Injected Corticosteroids for Plantar Heel Pain - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Feb 1, 2018 - There is low-quality evidence that corticosteroid injections slightly reduce heel pain at one month, but they make no significant difference beyond that time. Patients treated with corticosteroid injections were less likely to experience treatment failure—a designation that was defined ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p169.html

History and Physical Examination for Identifying Rotator Cuff Tears - FPIN's Help Desk ...

Nov 1, 2017 - There are no historical features that reliably identify full-thickness rotator cuff tears. The physical examination maneuvers that best identify the presence of a full-thickness rotator cuff tear are the internal rotation lag test, the external rotation lag test, and a positive ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/od2.html

Gabapentinoids for Chronic Low Back Pain: Limited Evidence, More Harm Than Benefit - ...

Dec 15, 2017 - The existing data on gabapentinoids for chronic low back pain are limited in number and quality. The amount of pain reduction is low to moderate, and the rate of adverse effects is high. The few studies that assessed function found no improvement.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/od3.html

Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care ...

Sep 1, 2017 - What are the benefits and harms of noninvasive treatments for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p324.html

Arthroscopic Meniscal Surgery Is Equivalent to Nonoperative Management - POEMs - ...

Jul 1, 2017 - The existing research base, with biases that typically make interventions look better, is unable to demonstrate that arthroscopy for meniscal injuries is any better than nonoperative approaches. Because this is a costly intervention and is being used more often, perhaps insurance ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0701/p55.html

Cyclobenzaprine in the Treatment of Low Back Pain - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

Feb 1, 2016 - Studies show that 1 in 3 patients experiences global improvement in back pain symptoms at 10 days, while 1 in 4 patients experiences medication adverse effects. Read more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/od2.html

Lumbar Fusion No Better Than Exercise and Therapy in the Long Term - POEMs - American ...

Dec 1, 2016 - This trial is a good example of how to do just about everything wrong to get the results you want. The authors did not conceal allocation, did not mask anyone in the study, used an unvalidated and subjective primary outcome, and downplayed the intention-to-treat analysis. Funding for ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1201/p937.html

Naproxen Alone May Be Best for Acute Low Back Pain - POEMs - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2016 - Naproxen alone is as effective as naproxen plus oxycodone/acetaminophen or naproxen plus cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) in reducing pain and improving function in adults with acute musculoskeletal LBP without radicular symptoms. Adverse events were significantly more common in patients ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p316.html

Pilates for the Treatment of Low Back Pain - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Apr 1, 2016 - There is low- to moderate-quality evidence that Pilates exercises taught by certified instructors improve pain and reduce disability in patients with chronic low back pain. It is unclear whether a Pilates regimen is superior to other exercise plans for the treatment of low back pain. ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p556.html

Quinine for Leg Cramps - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2016 - Quinine is moderately effective in decreasing the frequency and intensity of muscle cramps, but it is also associated with an increase in minor adverse effects. In addition, there is a risk of rare but serious adverse effects.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p177.html

Epidural Steroid Not Better Than Placebo Injection for Sciatica and Spinal Stenosis ...

Feb 15, 2016 - It is hard to figure out what to do with these results. On the one hand, steroid injection did not provide a significant benefit compared with placebo injection in patients with radicular pain or spinal stenosis. However, part of the reason for this may be the significant and sustained ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p315a.html

Gabapentin Equals Epidural Steroid for Radicular Pain - POEMs - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2015 - After controlling for the placebo effect that may accompany an epidural steroid injection, treatment with gabapentin is as effective as the injection in reducing radicular leg pain in the short term (three months). A placebo bump in response, if present, is likely to be transient.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p814a.html

Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) Minimally Effective for Back Pain and Osteoarthritis - ...

Oct 1, 2015 - Although acetaminophen was hoped to be a safer alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids for the treatment of common musculoskeletal problems, on average it provides only minimal pain relief and improvement in function for patients with low back pain or ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p642.html

Spinal Stenosis: Physical Therapy Before Surgery - POEMs - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2015 - Assigning patients to six weeks of physical therapy is as effective as initially sending them for decompression surgery, with fewer complications, even in patients who have a strong preference for surgery. A trial of six weeks of physical therapy makes sense for many patients with ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p528.html

Walking Program Effective for Chronic Low Back Pain - POEMs - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2015 - Giving patients a pedometer, a walking diary, and instructions to walk at least four days per week, then gradually increase the walk's duration and intensity (see synopsis) results in improvement in pain and disability similar to usual physical therapy or a group exercise program.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0801/p230.html

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