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The treatment and management of low back pain and sciatica involves lifestyle changes and may include medication, surgery, or other treatments. Most patients recover, but some develop chronic back pain.

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Treatment aims to decrease pain and improve functioning.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications
Surgery and minimally invasive procedures
Alternative and complementary therapies
Other treatments

References:

Conn's Current Therapy 2001. 53rd ed. W.B. Saunders Company; 2001.

Pain. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chronic_pain/detail_chronic_pain.htm#Spine. Accessed October 27, 2008.

Sciatica. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon's website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00351. Accessed October 27, 2008.

Textbook of Primary Care Medicine. 3rd ed. Mosby, Inc.; 2001.



Last reviewed September 2012 by Rimas Lukas, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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