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The latest research on back pain focuses on many different areas. For example, scientists are currently looking at different drugs to effectively treat back pain, comparing different ways to manage back pain, and comparing surgical treatments to non-surgical treatments.

An Overview of Back Pain Research

There are a number of research studies currently being conducted to better understand and treat back pain. Researchers are:
  • Examining the use of different drugs to effectively treat back pain -- in particular, chronic pain that has lasted at least six months.
  • Comparing different healthcare approaches to the management of acute low back pain (standard care versus chiropractic, acupuncture, or massage therapy). These studies are measuring symptom relief, restoration of function, and patient satisfaction.
  • Comparing standard surgical treatments to the most commonly used standard non-surgical treatments to measure changes in health-related quality of life among patients with spinal stenosis.

(Click Spinal Stenosis for more information about this condition.)

Research Aimed at Identifying the Best Treatments for Back Pain

Researchers at several centers are studying more than 3,000 patients who have one of three common causes of back pain -- herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis -- and who respond well to specific treatments. Extensive testing and surveys will allow doctors to identify the best treatments for these patients.
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