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Lower Back Pain Study: 2,300 Patients Rate 46 Treatments

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Lower Back Pain is our 12th most popular condition community at CureTogether. 2,398 of you have contributed your experiences with 21 symptoms and 46 different treatments that worked well and didn’t work so well.

We are proud to announce the current results of our Lower Back pain study, in the chart above.

The top patient-reported treatments for Lower Back pain are: Yoga/stretching, Hot tubs, Hydrocodone, Massage, Aleve, and Improved posture.

To navigate the graph above:

The top right quadrant shows the most popular and effective treatments, and the top left quadrant shows treatments that not many people have tried but that have above-average effectiveness, so they may be options to think about (e.g. Hot tub, Hydrocodone, anti-inflammatory diet).

Treatments in the lower right quadrant are ones that lots of people have tried but that have below-average effectiveness (e.g. Vitamin D, Omega 3), and treatments in the lower left quadrant are reported as neither popular nor effective, so you may want to consider this when choosing a treatment (e.g. Neurontin, Lyrica).

Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been anonymously sharing symptoms and treatments for three years now. We analyzed and visualized the data into infographic form to make it more accessible. To thank everyone for their contributions, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.

This is part of our regular series of research findings. Of course, with each of these findings, there is a potential bias in patient self-selection and recall. Every research study has some bias, so we present these findings as just what they are – patient-reported data – to stimulate discussion and generate new insights for further research. Stay tuned for more and please let us know in the comments below if this was helpful or interesting for you.

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5 Responses to “Lower Back Pain Study: 2,300 Patients Rate 46 Treatments”

  1. [...] Lower Back Pain Study: 2,300 Patients Rate 46 Treatments [...]

  2. Thanks for your’s information. I will try.

  3. [...] CureTogether is a fantastic site co-founded by my friends Daniel Reda and Alexandra Carmichael. It collects information from people about how effective different treatments are for their health conditions. They categorize the results into treatments that are popular and effective, popular but not as helpful, unpopular but surprisingly effective, and unpopular and ineffective. For example, here’s their recently released study on lower back pain: [...]

  4. Dorita Brown Says:

    If I may submit an answer for lower back pain it would be that of stretching the ham strings. A personal trainer informed me that this is, in large part, a common reason for that condition. I tried it. Stretching hamstrings worked for me.

  5. Says:

    Back pain patients are frequently prescribed physical therapy for their spinal stenosis symptoms and, increasingly, the McKenzie Method for back pain is being recognized as particularly effective in correcting postural problems, easing chronic and acute back pain, and improving function. The McKenzie Method is also known as ‘mechanical diagnosis and therapy’ (MDT) and is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education whereby the patient learns to manage their pain themselves and to self-treat in some regards. Many physiotherapists use the McKenzie Method in their care of spinal stenosis patients as it can be helpful not only for back pain but also for neck and extremity problems caused by spinal abnormalities.

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