Evidence-informed management of chronic low back pain with traction therapy

Ralph Gay, Jeffrey S. Brault

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Abstract

Editors' preface: The management of chronic low back pain (CLBP) has proven to be very challenging in North America, as evidenced by its mounting socioeconomic burden. Choosing among available nonsurgical therapies can be overwhelming for many stakeholders, including patients, health providers, policy makers, and third-party payers. Although all parties share a common goal and wish to use limited health-care resources to support interventions most likely to result in clinically meaningful improvements, there is often uncertainty about the most appropriate intervention for a particular patient. To help understand and evaluate the various commonly used nonsurgical approaches to CLBP, the North American Spine Society has sponsored this special focus issue of The Spine Journal, titled Evidence-Informed Management of Chronic Low Back Pain Without Surgery. Articles in this special focus issue were contributed by leading spine practitioners and researchers, who were invited to summarize the best available evidence for a particular intervention and encouraged to make this information accessible to nonexperts. Each of the articles contains five sections (description, theory, evidence of efficacy, harms, and summary) with common subheadings to facilitate comparison across the 24 different interventions profiled in this special focus issue, blending narrative and systematic review methodology as deemed appropriate by the authors. It is hoped that articles in this special focus issue will be informative and aid in decision making for the many stakeholders evaluating nonsurgical interventions for CLBP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-242
Number of pages9
JournalSpine Journal
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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Delivery of Health Care

Keywords

  • Chiropractics
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Physical therapy
  • Traction therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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Evidence-informed management of chronic low back pain with traction therapy. / Gay, Ralph; Brault, Jeffrey S.

In: Spine Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, 01.01.2008, p. 234-242.

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Gay, Ralph ; Brault, Jeffrey S. / Evidence-informed management of chronic low back pain with traction therapy. In: Spine Journal. 2008 ; Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. 234-242.
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