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Low Back Pain and Traumatic Brain Injury

Published:April 28, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2021.02.019
      Chronic pain, including chronic low back pain, is common among individuals with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The good news is that many treatments for chronic low back pain are safe and effective for individuals with TBI. This clinical pocket card summarizes current evidence-based approaches to treating chronic low back pain,
      Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense
      VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines: diagnosis and treatment of low back pain (LBP.
      with added TBI-related treatment considerations.

      Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense. VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the management of concussion-mild traumatic brain injury. Available at:https://www.healthquality.va.gov/guidelines/Rehab/mtbi/mTBICPGFullCPG50821816.pdf. Accessed March 31, 2021.

      Treatments for chronic low back pain fall into 2 broad categories: pharmacologic (ie, medication) and nonpharmacologic.
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      References

        • Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense
        VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines: diagnosis and treatment of low back pain (LBP.
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      1. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense. VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the management of concussion-mild traumatic brain injury. Available at:https://www.healthquality.va.gov/guidelines/Rehab/mtbi/mTBICPGFullCPG50821816.pdf. Accessed March 31, 2021.

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