According to recent clinical practice recommendations published by the American College of Physicians (ACP), opioids are not the best remedy for back pain. In fact, the new guidelines, which are derived from a peer-reviewed analysis of over 100 studies, conclude that most instances of lower back pain improve over time with or without treatment. The recommendations go as far as advising physicians to avoid prescribing opioids for acute and sub-acute back pain relief. The study found that drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin provide some short-term relief. Specific exercises performed safely, such as cardio and strength training, were cited as the best remedies for treatment. The ACP study also supports alternative forms of movement rehab such as yoga and tai chi.
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