Non-surgical methods and nursing roles in the management of low back pain
Low back pain is a common problem that affects a significant portion of the adult population. Given the prevalence of both acute and chronic complaints of low back pain, the use and efficacy of available treatment methods is an important area for investigation. The purpose of this study was to identify and describe current treatment methods for low back pain and to explore the role of the nurse in its management. The methodology of the study consists of a literature review of research and other related journal articles published primarily between the years of 1994 and 1999 on the subject of low back pain. The availability of both conservative and alternative treatment methods was reported in the literature reviewed. Low back pain treatments ranged from pharmacological agents to acupuncture. The primary role in most treatments is implemented by physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, and acupuncture practitioners. The current role of nursing includes patient assessment, education, and psychosocial support. Implications for nursing practice includes a more active role in preventive education and case management in order to improve the overall management of low back pain.
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Smith, Frances B.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs; Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Samuels, Sherry K., "Non-surgical methods and nursing roles in the management of low back pain" (2000). HIM 1990-2015. 194.