What is the efficacy of therapeutic injections in the management of low back pain (LBP)?

Updated: Aug 22, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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A comprehensive review of the literature was conducted by Boswell et al in 2007, whereby evidence-based data was published by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). This group of physicians has been extremely open regarding their methodology and more than willing to respond to published criticism by other societies who do not use Spinal Interventional Physicians (SIPs) on their panel of reviewing physicians. Some criticize ASIPP’s positions as representing a conflict of interest, while ASIPP counters that only SIPs can interpret methodological flaws in the medical literature, since they are familiar with the procedural techniques and their use and safety. The author has chosen to present ASIPP’s recommendations, among others, rather than assess their futility, since they accurately evaluate the use of the procedures discussed below. [136]


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